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How to Hold Work for Routing

When it comes to routing, the ability to secure your workpiece is the key to safety and accuracy. But how do you clamp a workpiece while leaving a top or edge unobstructed for your router’s path of travel? The fact is, there are an endless variety of ways to lock down workpieces on a benchtop—from benchdogs and bench vises, to clever tricks involving tape, handscrews, and conventional clamps.

How to Clean a Router Bit

Anyone who has ever cut a fancy edge profile using a router knows the frustration of a burned or chippy cut. A poorly routed profile can ruin a valuable workpiece in just a few seconds. While most woodworkers often attribute a poor cut to a dull bit, more often than not, the culprit is built up wood pitch along the bit’s cutting edge. Scrub that away and you’ll be surprised at how much better a bit can cut.

Quick Change Collets Make Routing Easier

Routers—mounted in a table or handheld—are incredibly versatile tools for woodworkers. But changing router bits is widely considered an annoying task. On older routers, two wrenches are required to change a bit, and on newer models with collet locks, you will still require a single wrench. Access to the collet nut becomes particularly frustrating when the tool is mounted in a router table.

Safe and Fast Pattern Routing Jig

Pattern routing is the perfect technique for cutting multiple, identical workpieces quickly and accurately. With this method, a workpiece is rough cut to its shape at the bandsaw, and attached to a pattern which rides along the bearing of a router bit mounted to a router table. Perhaps one of the most common methods for attaching the pattern to the workpiece is double-stick carpet tape, and while this works, it can be a bit dangerous.

How to Cut Mortises with a Plunge Router

Here’s another video on how to cut a perfect mortise using a plunge router – this one’s from Fine Woodworking. The video shows you how to make a mortising jig that guarantees perfect mortises and can be used over and over. The jig is easy to build and works beautifully. To define the mortise’s start and stop points, a length of T-track has been set into the long beam that serves as the bearing surface for the router.

The Future of Routing?

We sincerely hope this isn’t the future of routing? A new device which your router fits into which precisely follows …

Spiral Router Bits

In recent years router bit technology has come a long way and even the humble straight bit has progressed. In everyday use most woodworkers are likely to benefit from the advantages of an up-cut spiral bit – they’re ideal for efficient chip ejection when cutting mortises, dado cuts and deep blind holes – compared to the more specialist applications that require a down-cut spiral bit.

MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set

The MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks is the best selling router bit set by a mile and it’s easy to see why. With 15 top quality carbide-tipped bits for under $40—it’s a complete no-brainer. If you’ve just bought your first router and you need a comprehensive set of router cutters to get you started you really won’t find a better set anywhere.

JessEm Mast-R-Lift II Router Lift

The JessEm Mast-R-Lift II is the the latest version of JessEm’s Mast-R-Lift router lift which has kept all the great features which made the original Mast-R-Lift so popular and added some new features as well. JessEm invented the router lift back in 1999 and continues to concentrate on producing top quality, innovative router lifts which make router table work easier and more accurate than ever.