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  • Minimize Router Burns

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    End grain burns easily on maple and cherry, and those burns are hard to remove. After sanding my fingers to the bone following one particularly unfortunate routing pass, I came up with an easy solution that removes those unsightly burns without requiring...
  • 9 Tips for Beating Router Tear-Out

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    Stop router disasters before they start. by Eric Smith Snap, crackle, crunch! No, it’s not your breakfast cereal. That’s the sound of router tear-out. Aaargh! And that’s the sound of a woodworker facing a do-over or repair. Tear-out...
  • Flattening End Grain with a Router

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    My favorite woodworking projects are clocks—big ones or little ones. If it ticks, I'll make it. My latest venture provided me with the challenge of flattening the face of some log sections that I wanted to make into clocks. Belt sanding was...
  • Rout Narrow Stock with Ease

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    Since I don’t have a router table, routing narrow stock is doubly tough. First, it’s hard to hold the stock in position. Second, it’s virtually impossible to balance the router as I rout. My system solves both problems. I use a notched...
  • Rail and Stile Set with Adjustable Slot

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    Have you ever slid a piece of 1/4-in. plywood into a 1/4-in. groove? It ain't pretty. It's a fact of life that plywood is undersized in thickness and this results in ugly gaps in doors with plywood panels. So here's the skinny—skinny...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...