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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Router Depth Setter

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    This jig makes it easy to set the bit for routing flutes or dadoes. I simply drop the appropriate depth gauge into the channel, set my router on top and lower the bit until it touches the gauge. The base is an 8-in. square piece of 3/4-in. MDF. Two strips...
  • Template for Rounded Corners

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    This guide takes only a minute to make and helps you make perfect corners in four different diameters. Simply use a different sized coin (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) to create the four radii.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rounded Corners In A Jiffy

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Getting rounded corners that match is a cinch with this template. Legs fastened to both sides automatically center the template on the workpiece. Once the template is in position, only spring clamps are needed to hold it in place. When you install the...
  • 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...
  • Router Wrench Risers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Trying to keep the wrenches that came with my router in position for tightening or loosening the collet used to drive me crazy. The nuts are so widely spaced that the slim wrenches would often slip out of place. Fortunately, I discovered a solution at...