How to Use a Plunge Router for Panel Cutting

How to Use a Plunge Router for Panel Cutting


A router is a necessary power tool for woodworkers. It is used for cutting, designing and crafting wood projects. A fixed router doesn't weigh very much so maneuvering one around wood is simple. But a plunge router is a little more heavy duty and commercial. It is made for larger projects and requires more control in routing. A plunge router works well on cutting grooves in panels, so if you are thinking about a router purchase for panel cutting, a plunge router is your best bet. Read through the following steps to find out how to use one.

Step 1

Install the router bit into your plunge router and secure it tightly. Set the plunge depth on your plunge router to the depth that you want your panel groove.

Step 2

Place the router flat on the wood over the area on your panel in which you need to cut.

Step 3

Plunge the router bit into the wood and slowly begin routing your groove into the panel. Hold the handles tightly while routing to prevent your router from wandering.

Step 4

Cut a little at a time, if a large amount of wood is being removed. If you try to remove to much wood at once, you risk damaging the wood and the bit.

Step 5

Guide the plunge router along a straight line by using a fence set up tight against the router bit, or a pre-made jig crafted especially for cutting panel.

Tips and Warnings

  • A plunge router is not suitable for attaching to a router table.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunge router
  • Router bit
  • Workpiece
  • Panel groove jig
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About this Author

Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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