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  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Minimize Router Burns

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    Minimize Router Burns 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...
  • Q & A: Router Table Miter Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Q & A: Router Table Miter Joints Q: I plan to build some jewelry boxes with mitered corners, but my contractor’s saw does a poor job of cutting miters. Can I use my router table to cut the mitered joints? A: A 45-degree chamfer bit mounted in...
  • AW Extra 12/26/13 - Precision Height Gauge

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 16, 2013
    Precision Height Gauge To set the height of a router bit—within .001", if necessary— I made this simple stand for my caliper. It works on a router table or a hand-held router. Two screws with washers secure the caliper. When I need the...
  • AW Extra 10/24/13 - Rigid Routing Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Rigid Routing Sled A routing sled is a great help when coping the ends of rails and stiles. But I had a problem when I built my first sled. The pressure from the toggle clamp caused the 1/4-in.-thick sled base to deflect, which messed up the alignment...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 4/4/13 - See-Through Router Base

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    See-Through Router Base See where you're going on a dovetail jig. By Dave Munkittrick Why are so many router bases solid black? I hate peering through those little holes to align my router on a workpiece. The problem is worse on a dovetail jig, where...
  • 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...