How to Router Corian

Overview

A router is a woodworking machine that can be used on Corian. The router uses a motor to spin a cutting bit, known as a router bit. The router is handheld and has a height adjustment knob to vary the cutting depth. The router also has a variable speed control and is available as a fixed base router or as a plunge router. For cutting Corian, the 1/2-inch shaft is recommended.

Step 1

Put on your safety equipment.

Step 2

Unplug the router and install the router bit.

Step 3

Place a piece of Corian on a no-slip pad on your work surface. The scrap piece of Corian needs to be a minimum of 6 inches square for safety.

Step 4

Adjust the router bit so you will be removing 1/8 inch of material for the first pass. Turn the router's preset depth stop knob to its maximum height position. Lower the height adjust bar so it rests on the preset adjust knob. Tighten the height adjustment bar in place.

Step 5

Connect the router to a vacuum source for dust collection.

Step 6

Router the piece of Corian moving in a clockwise rotation, keeping the guide baring riding against the Corian edge.

Step 7

Twist the preset adjust knob to the next lowest position and lower the router until the height adjustment bar rests on top of the preset adjustment knob and lock the router in place. Router again in a clockwise rotation. This pass will be a 1/4 inch deeper since the preset adjustment knob is set in 1/4-inch increments.

Step 8

Repeat Step 6 until you have the desired profile.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use only 1/2-inch shaft router bits when cutting Corian. Never try and cut more than a 1/4-inch of Corian at a time to prevent tear out.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety equipment to include eye protection, hearing protection and dust mask
  • Plunge router
  • 1/2-inch router bit with collar
  • No-slip pad
  • Vacuum source/dust collector

References

  • Coriartspecialties.com; freeinfo
  • Toolstoday.com; router bits for corian bowl

Who Can Help

  • "Router Basics;" Patrick Spielman; 1990
  • "Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers;" Lonnie Bird; 2006
  • "Woodworking with the Router;" Bill Hylton; 2009
Keywords: plunge router, router Corian, adjustment knob

About this Author

Jim Wildman served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Chief for 10 years. After his tour of duty in Desert Storm he attended Oklahoma State University receiving his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked as an architect for 10 years before starting his own design/build company. He began writing in 2009 for Demand Studios and published on eHow.

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