Router Table Techniques


Working on a router table is easier and faster than using a router alone. Edge trimming, templates and working with long, narrow stock are a breeze on a router table, and are just a few of the many woodworking techniques you can learn.


A straightedge can be attached to a piece of stock to quickly clean up or straighten an edge. Clamping a pattern to a piece of stock will allow to you perfectly replicate and repeat the form of any curved or arched part. Firmly clamp the straightedge or pattern to the stock and make one steady pass. A router table is perfect for cutting dadoes, rabbets, slots, grooves, mortises, and tenons. The variety you can cut is only limited by your selection of router bits. With the machine off and unplugged, simply change the router bit according to the manufacturer's instructions to your preferred cut. Though this is not widely known, a router table can be used as an edge-jointer. Purchasing router table jointing shims makes edge-jointing simple even for a novice, and is a space-saving alternative to owning a dedicated jointer. Attach one or two of the shims onto the out-feed portion of the fence and you are ready to cut edge-joints like a professional. Working with long narrow stock such as molding is nearly impossible with a handheld router. A router table makes cutting long, narrow, or very small pieces routine. Attach featherboards to keep your stock securely held in place while safely keeping your hands far away from the router bit. The precision of a router table will allow you to form raised panel doors that look like they were purchased from a high-end shop. With the correct router bits, it is a relatively easy process even a novice can perform. Stile and rail router bits can be attached, allowing accurate grooves to be cut in one pass. This type of cut removes a large amount of material, and should not be attempted with a handheld router.


Proper safety goggles should always be worn when operating any router. Ensure you have adequate lighting for your workspace, and never remove or disable safety features on a router table such as guards. When changing router bits be certain the machine is off and unplugged.

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Based in Western New York, John Geisel has been a technical writer for over 9 years. Although the majority of his work is considered proprietary information, he has twice been considered for publication in ASME Codes & Standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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