A router is a small equipment used to cut, shape, and polish wood or metal. A router is a versatile tool that can be used in completing anything from a household project to a building construction. However, a router is potentially a dangerous tool when not used properly. A little knowledge in its safety and usage goes a long way when working with a router.
- Work gloves
- Safety goggles
- Dusk mask
- Router bits
- Wood piece
- Use safety goggles and dust masks before the beginning of any project.
- Check that the intended wood surface is free of nails, knots, or warps.
- Do not use a router on damp or wet wood.
- Decide which type of router bit to use. This depends on the scope and the desired outcome of the project. Always use a sharp bit; dull edges make for more work.
The following can be used as a guide for determining router bits:
- Round over bit – used to create simple, finished edges on furnishings and moldings;
- Classic bits – used to create elaborate woodwork corners;
- Rabbet bit – used to create step cuts for drawers, pulls, and handles;
- Laminate trimmer bit – used to make clean, finished edging;
- Plunge bit – used when starting any work away from edging first;
- Dovetail bit – used for creating wedge-shaped groovings on corners;
- Straight bits – used to make flat bottom square-shaped grooves on corners;
- Veining bits – used for creating lettering or patterns.