Are you interested in improving your routing technique? Surely you’re aware that using a router to create stunning furniture and other useful household items requires a steady hand as well as extensive knowledge of woodworking.
Knowing how to perform cuts, drill holes or simply reshape a piece of wood on your router table is important for the success of your business. So if you’re ready to start building your woodworking skills, improve your cutting techniques, here is a list of advanced techniques for using a wood router.
Trimming Uneven Surfaces
Trimming jaggy or uneven wood surfaces can be a nightmare if you don’t know anything about proper woodcutting techniques. Luckily you can learn just about anything if you know where to look. With trim routing you only need to use one extension.
Depending on the depth of the cut, or trim, you can use larger diameter bearings or smaller ones. So get your toolbox and assemble your bearings in front of you starting from smallest to largest. Start with a half ½ inch bearing and work your way to bigger bearings.
This technique is extremely useful when working on already assembled wood parts such as drawers, closet doors, etc. You can use the same technique to trim uneven surfaces or create parallel surfaces. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the woodworking glossary you can check here.
Do you know how to cut a perfect circle with your router? If not, grab your pen and paper an start writing as you’ll need to take notes if you’re to learn this advanced cutting technique. It will enable you to carve or cut out completely a perfectly shaped circle on your favorite wood type.
So where to start?
First thing’s first. Remove your router from the router table and get your measuring tools. The goal is to create a frame for your router that will support a long screw or smaller steel bar. This bar will act as a guideline for circling out a shape. So start measuring your router with and create a frame for it, though which you’ll pull the bar. The bar will be connected to the center of the circle enabling you steady grip and precision when cutting out a circle. At the end of the aforementioned bar you’ll attach a small wooden holder. It’s important to drill a hole in this holder and place a small screw in it. This way you’ll create a personalized beam compass from your route.
Haven’t got yourself a decent router? Take a look at this list and chose the one that best suits your woodworking needs. Some of the router tables already have this beam-comas holder as an extension for your router, so be sure to check for model specs before buying your first rout
Now, engraving a symbol, letter or any other specific shape on your favorite wood type might sound appealing, but It’s not as easy to perform as you think. Luckily you’re on the right place to find out how to do it the right way. The most important thing about engraving is your router and its accessories. So before you start, make sure that you have a pair of clamps and holders, some basic engraving and marking tools, and above all a decent collection of router bits.
- From there on you can start by marking your desired shape or symbol and connect the desired router bit on your quintessential woodworking tool.
- Next, start with a bearing extension, and just like with trimming, create a small dent and work your way until you covered the whole shape with a 1-2 mm cut.
- Now that you’ve cut the basic shape change the router bit and start carving your design. When engraving a special shape or design use sharper router bits, with smaller head, this will give you precision and stability when performing cuts.
- Also, try to perform each cut while holding your router at a 45 ° angle. It will reduce the friction and generated heat, thus decreasing the risk of breaking the router bit. This technique will also remove the necessity to cool the router bit every 5-10 minutes.
Shape cutting is the easiest advanced outer technique that we’ll be teaching you. Nevertheless, you should take notes just like before.
The best thing about shape cutting is that you don’t need to waste money on fancy router gadgets, but you can create the desired tool yourself. When shape cutting, the only thing you’ll need to focus on is to create the exact shape out of wood that you want to cut on your wood piece. So get your circular router with extension and a marker. Draw the desired shape on your wood panel and carve it out, thus creating the top and bottom part of your shape tool.
Depending on your router model, you’ll need to adjust decide how high will the sides be of your shape tool. The goal is to create a box-like shape resembling your desired model. After you’ve created the shape model, it’s time to use your bearing router bit once again. It will guide your router alongside the shape that you want to cut. Make sure that you polish the sides of your shape model. This way you’ll avoid friction and leave little space for mistakes to occur during cutting. After you’ve made sure that you shape model is perfectly polished and without undesirable curves that go beyond the line of the original shape that you want to carve out, it’s time to start carving.
Assemble the aforementioned router bit and use it to guide your hand, as well as your router, to create the shape on the wood panel that you’ve wanted in the first place. And voila, you’re done. Now you can use this technique to cut out any shape. Be sure not to throw your shape models, as you never know when you’ll need them in the future.