Router collets are simply a steel sleeve that holds the router bit in your router. It sounds simple, but the design of the collet and the method of gripping the shank of the router bit is extremely important. A well designed collet must perform two important functions – holding the the router bit securely and ensuring correct alignment.
The mortise and tenon is a very traditional joint and is popular with woodworkers due to its strength. There are many different forms of mortise and tenons and also many uses, but they’re mostly used in the construction of tables and doors. If you’re really fortunate you may own the Leigh Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig which makes cutting the joint a piece of cake, but for the rest of us, this great video shows how to cut mortises using a plunge router without the help of any fancy jigs.
Half blind dovetail joints are the preferred joint for drawer construction as they are strong mechanical joints that are also visually attractive. The are particularly suitable for the front of a drawer since pulling the drawer open pulls the joint together more tightly. The video below shows how you can easily cut half blind dovetails in one pass (i.e. cut the pins and the tails at the same time) by using a router and a dovetail jig.
How to choose a router is one of the most common questions facing woodworkers. Of all the woodworking tools available, a router has to be one of the most versatile. Most wood workers realize the value of having a router, and a lot of them have more than one, permanently setup for different applications. However, with all the different types available it’s not always easy to decide which one is best for you, so we’re going to look at a number of the important features that you should be considering before you make your decision.
Dewalt Fixed Base Routers come with a clear, LEXAN sub-base which offers optimum bit visibility and base durability. In order to center the sub-base a sub-base concentricity gauge is included. If you insert this into the collet prior to bit installation, it will help you center the sub-base relative to bit location when making your cut line off of the side of the base. The video below demonstrates how this works.