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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 3 Great Router Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 16, 2009
    Make your router a workshop workhorse. by Tim Johnson If you only use your router to rout decorative edges, you’re missing the boat. Your router can be the most versatile tool in your shop. The secret to unlocking your router’s potential is...
  • 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...
  • Router Lifts

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, September 20, 2008
    For the serious router table user, the benefits of owning a router lift are huge. Strap a 3-1/4-hp variable-speed router into one of these lifts and you have a routing system that can't be beat for convenience, power and accuracy. With a router lift...
  • 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...
  • Spiral Router Bits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 5, 2010
    I've routed miles of grooves in my life, but the quality of cut I've been getting from spiral bits still amazes me. I love these bits! The secret is in the spiral design, which cuts the wood through a shearing action. This offers three big benefits...
  • Tool News - Dremel Trio

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 21, 2010
    Dremel recently announced the new Trio. It's a tool that has three basic functions: cut, sand, and rout. It's designed for flexibility. With powerful, 360-degree cutting technology and plunge-cut ability, the Trio makes quick and controlled cuts...
  • 7 Trim Router Tips

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    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 plastic laminate (p-lam), they also work great for light-duty wood routing. Trim...
  • Tool News - MLCS PowerLift Motorized Router Lift

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 1, 2010
    MLCS recently introduced the Powerlift, a motorized router lift for your router table. It allows you to make hands free plunge cuts, raise a spinning router bit into the work piece with a bi-directional foot pedal, and save time and increase efficiency...
  • Powerhouse Routers

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    What's the one thing you need most when you're shaping dozens of raised panels on a router table? Power! These 3-hp monsters deliver plenty. There are two completely different kinds of 3-hp routers: fixed-base and plunge. Both types have 15-amp...
  • Make Louvered Doors and Shutters

    by AW-Editor     Friday, May 9, 2008
    Templates for making louvered doors are unique accessories for the Leigh FMT Jig. They're simple to set up and easy to use. It's hard to imagine a more straightforward way to make the cuts required for louvered doors or shutters. Like all other...
  • 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...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Compact Router, Big Features

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Compact Router, Big Features By Brad Holden If you've ever used your laminate trimmer as a router, you understand why compact routers are becoming so popular. Their comfortable one-hand operation makes them easy to use and downright handy. But there’s...
  • Economical Through Dovetail Jig

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Forget worrying about limited dovetail jig capacity. The ChestMate dovetail jig allows cutting through dovetails anywhere on boards of any width. The process is pretty simple. The jig has an indexing pin that fits 1/8-in. kerfs sawn in a story stick that...
  • Eight New Tools and a Combo Pack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 9, 2011
    Eight New Tools and a Combo Pack Ridgid launches X4 a new generation of cordless tools that are compact and lightweight without losing any of the power! The new X4 5 PC 18V Lithium-Ion Combo Kit include best-in- class features on all the tools in the...
  • Dovetail Jig for a Router Table

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    The new Route-R-Joint from Woodline USA, $179, is a unique dovetailing jig. Instead of handling a router on top of the jig, you invert the jig on top of your router table. The Route-R-Joint can cut half-blind and through dovetails, along with heart shaped...