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  • The Jigs of Serge Duclos

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 18, 2013
    Saddle-Style Push Stick Any push stick adds a measure of safety, but I prefer using one that straddles the saw’s fence. It lifts right off when I’m done. A saddle-style push stick has two clear advantages. First, there’s no chance of...
  • Q & A: Can I Sharpen My Router Bit?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    Can I Sharpen My Router Bit? Q: I’ve got a carbide router bit that’s caked with pitch and leaves a rough cut. Can I rescue it or should I buy a new one? A: A bit can be brought back from the dead. Take a close look at the cutting edge. If...
  • Q & A: Router Speed Limits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Q & A: Router Speed Limits Q: I love my new variable-speed router but I haven’t a clue about selecting the right speed for the job. Any tips? A: Four factors determine how fast your router should go: ■ The diameter of the bit. ■The rate at which...
  • Q & A: Anti-Kickback Router Bits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 31, 2013
    Q & A: Anti-Kickback Router Bits Q: I’ve noticed some router bits are available with an “anti-kickback” feature. If this works, this seems like a great thing. Does it? What’s the downside? A: Yes, anti-kickback router bits...
  • Router Scarfing Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    Router Scarfing Jig Boatbuilders often need to join boards end to end to make longer planks. Instead of a butt joint they make a long taper on each board and overlap the ends. This is called a scarf joint. One or two scarf joints are easily planed by...
  • Q & A: Help! My router makes huge sparks!

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 5, 2013
    Q & A: Help! My Router Makes Sparks! Q: When I run my router I see lots of small, blue sparks inside. Recently the sparks have grown larger. Is this OK? A: Nope. Small sparks are normal, but large sparks are an indication that your brushes are wearing...
  • 17 Router Tips

    by woodworkerBryan     Tuesday, February 19, 2013
    17 Router Tips Flattening Wide Boards A huge, wide board makes a stunning tabletop. If it won‘t fit through your planer, flattening that board can be a lot of hard work. You could use a belt sander, but it’s much easier to use your router...
  • Q & A: Rusty Router Collets

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    Q & A: Rusty Router Collets Q: Returning to my shop after working outside this summer, I noticed a rusty film on my router collets and bits.What’s the best way to remove the rust without damaging the collets and bits? A: Use a synthetic steel...
  • Q & A: Jointing Thick Wood with a Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 2, 2013
    Q & A: Jointing Thick Wood with a Router Q: I have a very small shop and don’t have the space for large machines like jointers and planers. I need to make thick table legs from three 3/4-in. boards that I glued together. I think I can joint...
  • Q & A: Router Bit Slipping

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 28, 2012
    Q & A: Router Bit Slipping Q: Is there any reason why my router bits are suddenly slipping? I have had this router for years without any trouble. A: Because you haven’t had trouble with bits slipping before, the problem is probably not with...
  • Quick Router Dado Setup

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    I shorten the time it takes to rout dadoes with a simple jig made from acrylic.A small, 6-in.x 24-in.piece will do.Mark the point where your router base will ride against the straightedge. Then, measure the exact distance from that point to the center...
  • Router Bit Spacers for Peace of Mind

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 22, 2010
    Recently I was routing a decorative edge on a large round tabletop. About halfway around, my router started to vibrate and I noticed (with great dismay) that the depth of the routed pattern had become much deeper than when I started. I turned off the...
  • Template Routing Tips

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 12, 2010
    by Randy Johnson If you want to get the most from your router, you need to master template routing. Once you learn the basics you can spend a lifetime exploring its many possibilities. You’ll be able to build more kinds of projects, more accurately...
  • World's Best Routing Guide

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, November 19, 2009
    This simple guide guarantees success whenever you need to make a straight routing pass. It’s perfect for jointing a long edge or routing dadoes and grooves. You’ll get smooth, chatter-free results, thanks to the guide’s firm support...
  • 7 Trim Router Tips

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    Multiple bases make this compact router extremely versatile. by Randy Johnson Laminate trim routers are amazing little machines. Their light weight and compact size make them exceptionally easy to use. Although they are designed primarily for trimming...