Router Dos and Don’ts

As you knew, reading the good router table reviews from the prestigious websites like woodworkingbuddy.com is not enough to be a professional worker. Refer my router dos and don’ts below for your better working process. Normally, what can spin at 25.000 rpm will present both good and potential pitfalls. This case is definitely with the router.

They allow you to make even duplicate parts, decorate project edges, and interlocking joints with a complete precision. However, to get these advantages, you must be careful with the following 4 hidden challenges as well as the ways of dealing with them. When you understand clearly, everything will be easy to work with your model

  • Don’t rout the wrong method:

climb cutting

Yet, I know most users get this regularly, however, you should pay attention this especially with beginners. The wooden piece has to always encounter your bit which travels against the rotation’s direction. Because all of the routers will spin the same method, keep the following simple rule to be successful: moving all of your handheld routers from the left side to right side; feeding the wood piece across a table-mounted router from right side to left side.

If do this wrong, your router bit is going to grab the wood piece as well as fling it in place of working cleanly. The specialized operation like climb cutting will make your wood piece be fed in the same direction to the rotation of bit intentionally. In spite of advantages of this way, this is unessential & tricky. You shouldn’t bother attempting this way.

  • Don’t bite off too much:

don't bite off too much

I highly recommend you purchase a new brand of 31/4-hp router. It just takes you $100 to get much power in your hands. Thanks to this tool, you can rout deeply in the only single pass. Any 3/8″ cuts, even more, had better be made with several passes, take shallower cuts, in case you get a model smaller than 21/4 hp. Your cuts’ quality will be better, bit and router will also last longer.

  • Don’t rout too slowly:

Don’t rout too slowly

The typical router bit’s cutters hit the routed wood’s surface around 800 times every second so it is pretty high to get the potential for heat buildup and friction. The heat may cause burning on your wood piece, in particular, once you are placing a decorative edge on the hardwood: beech, ash, maple or oak. Move your wood across the bit quicker can help you decrease the number of cutter impacts on the selected part.

Tip: rout your workpiece off the edge profile excepting for around 1/32″ then extending your bit enough to get the last, shallow pass, finally, finish your cut as quickly as possible. This doesn’t allow your wood to be warm.

  • Do be careful with a warped router tabletop:

careful with a warped router tabletop

A flat model is great & a slightly crowned router table is also good, however, a dished tabletop is a bad option as it may cause the routed edge profiles’ location for varying along every wood’s length. The tip is that let you imagine that you are milling a Roman ogee profile on a 36″-long drawer front’s edge & your model is dished only 1/16″ in the center. Since your drawer front’s the leading end hits your bit, it will probably tight to the table.

However, because you go on pushing the workpiece further along, its leading end will rise as it will climb up out of the dished shape on the table’s another side. During your working process, because your workpiece climbs high, it would raise its middle part. That step may cause your routed profile for shifting 1/16″ farther down along the workpiece’s edge than its end. You will pay attention this shift more if the profile is more intricate.

The warped router insert is one of the hidden reasons of a wonky router profile. A heavy model suspended forever from the plastic insert is able to cause the insert for bending downwards time to time. To keep it flat, let you utilize a high-quality metal insert or take your router and plastic insert out of the table.

Feel free to leave your helpful thoughts in the comment section below and I will let you know my answer in my free time.

My name is Henry J.Mosley, I live in the suburbs of Dallas Texas and I’ve recently retired and sold off my router table business. My wife and I have 2 kids that are all old enough to be out of our hair for now. Interesting stuff, I know, but I with so much time on my hands I’ve decided to share my industry knowledge online to give me a project to work on and try to help some people out. Enjoy!

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