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  • Shaper or Router Table?

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    Q. I'm thinking about starting a side business building custom doors. Should I consider investing in a shaper or use my router table? Shaper cutters are larger and last longer than router bits. The heavy weight large-diameter shaper cutter is designed...
  • Feature-Rich, Powerful and Ergonomically Smart

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Festool set the bar high when it set out to develop the new OF2200 plunge router. An initial look at the machine suggests they made it over that bar, with room to spare. To accomplish this, Festool took a fresh look at this workhorse of a tool, and developed...
  • Perfectly Sized Dadoes

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 30, 2008
    Fine-tuning dado width for a perfect fit can drive you nuts because plywood thickness is inconsistent. Enter the Dado Wiz, $159. That's a lot of dough for a dado-only jig, but this router-based guide virtually guarantees a perfect fit on the first...
  • New Bosch Router Table Base

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 30, 2008
    If you've got a Bosch router hanging in your router table and are tired of reaching under the table to make height adjustments, here's good news. The new RA1165 base, $60, includes above-the-table adjustment. It's compatible with the motors...
  • Tool News - Ridgid Compact Trim Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 30, 2009
    Ridgid recently introduced its new, more compact trim router. This trim router is loaded with features like a micro adjustment dial for precise depth control, a spindle lock for easy bit changes, a quick release lever allows for easy removal of motor...
  • Tool News - Rockler CNC Shark Routers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 15, 2009
    Rockler Woodworking and Hardware recently announced the new CNC Shark and CNC Shark Pro, two full-featured CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) routing systems that give hobbyists, professionals and home woodworkers affordable options for automated routing...
  • Tool News - Dovetailer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 20, 2009
    The new EZpro Dovetailer from General Tools & Instruments is an affordable take on this very useful jig. Dovetail jigs have traditionally been out of reach for non-pros and occasional hobbyists because of their size, high cost and complexity. But...
  • Tool News - Kreg Router Switch and Router Stop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 29, 2009
    Kreg just announced a couple of handy new accessories for router tables. Their router switch is an easy way to add functionality and safety to your router table. The lockable, paddle type switch features an 8' power cord and two outlets, letting you...
  • Tool News - Techno, Inc. Pro Series 4896 Models Hit the Market

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 5, 2009
    Techno, Inc. CNC Routers' Model 4896 Pro Series is now on the market. Introduced earlier this year, the Pro Series was designed to meet the high demands of panel process manufacturing. This new heavy weight (3050 lbs) 4896 model has a 4 ft x 8 ft...
  • Tool News - Skil Router Tables and Accessories

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 19, 2009
    The SKIL RAS800 Router Table is marketed for beginners and DIY woodworkers. It comes pre-assembled in a compact design for easy set-up and convenient storage. The design has an integrated accessory storage bag and smooth laminated MDF top. It also features...
  • Tool News - Rockler Fluting Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 17, 2009
    Rockler Woodworking and Hardware recently introduced the Rockler Fluting Jig, an economical jig designed to simplify setup and help users create beautiful fluted columns, molding and furniture parts. A classic indicator of quality craftsmanship, precise...
  • Tool News - Amana Miniature Bearing Router Bits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 21, 2009
    Amana Tool recently announced the launch of a series of miniature bearing router bits. Each Amana Tool bit features a 3/16” diameter ball bearing guide that is much smaller than other ball bearing router bits on the market, making the bits ideal...
  • 8 Great Reasons to Own a Plunge Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    Plunge routers go where no other router can. by Seth Keller The plunge router deserves a place in every shop. Routing chores, such as mortising, stopped dados and inlay pattern work, are safer and easier to perform using a plunge router. Its unique base...
  • 5 Router Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    Improve your accuracy and control. by Bill Hylton Why buy a commercial jig when making one yourself will triple your enjoyment? First, you’ll experience the joy of building a useful shop fixture from nothing more than some scrap wood and a good...
  • Tool News - Makita Plunge Routers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 5, 2009
    Makita just announced the release of three new plunge routers. The 1-1/4 HP Plunge Router, model RP0900K, is engineered to deliver smooth and powerful routing performance. The RP0900K features an 8 AMP motor with 27,000 RPM. It has a 0” –...