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How to use a wood router?

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A wood router is basically a simple router that is used for woodworking. It is used to create a hollow area inside wood or to create an intricate pattern for advanced woodworking. They are mostly used for the shaping, cutting and designing of wood cabinetries or wood tables.

  • The first technique involves clamping the board down and moving the wood router at the edges in an anti-clockwise motion. The counter clockwise motion will ensure that the router is easier to control as it would not be pulling against your hand motion. However this technique sometimes leads to chipped edges and might not give you a clean finish. To prevent this you should climb cut the northeast or southwest corners of the wooden block. Climb cutting involves cutting a small piece of the edge in a clockwise direction. After this you can again put the wooden router anywhere and start moving it in an anti-clockwise direction.
  • Another aspect to keep in mind is that not clockwise movements should only be done at the top of a surface. If you are edge routing the inside of a work piece, you should move in a clockwise direction. Before making your cuts, try this process on an extra wood piece. Make a deep cut and analyze if it burns. In case of burning, start making shallow cuts and repeating them over the same spot to achieve deep cuts. If you remove a little wood at one time, it will prevent burning.
  • The second technique involves routing narrow wood stock. This might be a bit complicated because narrow boards move a lot and the clamps always get in between. For neat edges on a narrow wood board, you require two tools. One is a support board that will be put right next to the narrow wood. They both should be of the same thickness. The other is a stop board that will be screwed right next to the previous boards so that slipping is prevented. This will give the router a wider space to work on and there will be no interfaces in between.
  • Technique three is about cutting grooves, also known as dadoes. These grooves are strong enough to invisibly give support to cabinets or bookshelves. A very easy way to make a groove is by using a jig. A jig is basically a wooden square with an extra 1/2 inch of wood screwed with it. Make sure it is a precise square. Mark the position of the dado and line the jig with the work piece. Moreover, the dado shape should be brought together in one piece.

There are several other techniques, including the ones that revolve around making intricate patterns but they’re very easy to do and are usually mentioned in a user’s manual. These three techniques that we mentioned are used widely and give you a clean outcome. The only tools required for this whole process (no matter which technique you choose) are clamps, screws and router. All the other tools are themselves made up of wood e.g. a router.

Now you can easily make antique looking doorframes and kitchen cabinets at home. The practice of using a router requires some practice, but once you perfect it there is no stopping you.

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