How to Use a Router Table How to Use a Router Table

What You'll Need
Router table
Saw
Tape measure
Safety glasses
Safety gloves
Table fence

A router table is an essential feature of the woodworking hobbyist and if you are keen on carving wood, then you will also be keen on this piece of furniture. It is not enough to buy the router table, however, you also have to learn how to use it, and how to manage the cuts that you will make upon it. The router table is the perfect way to make cuts which will allow you to produce perfect edges, and will also allow you to make stair rails, decorative applications, or simply make a table top. In order to use the router table correctly, you will have to learn how to handle both the tool and the wood.

Step 1 - Safety First

Before you start using the router, check that everything is securely in position. Particularly check that the saw of the router is secured into the machine, taking care to follow the rules for installing and using the router accurately. You should then make sure that all of the parts of the machine are strapped in, and that the machine itself is not likely to tip over, or come away from its bonds. If you are using it on a work table, it is a good idea to strap or nail it down tightly. Once you have installed the router table, you should then put on your safety gloves, and safety glasses. These items will protect you from sawdust and wood shavings produced by the saw.

Step 2 - Measure the Wood

In order to get the correct cuts for your machine, you will need to measure the piece carefully, and mark out where you want the cuts to be made, Use a marker pen, or a scoring device, to mark out where you want the cuts to be made, and make sure that you can see this from every angle. You need to use these marks to guide you along the wood when you are cutting, and if the marks are not clear enough when you are working the wood, you may make the wrong cuts.

Step 3 - Set Up the Router

Install the table fence, positioning it along the line that you want the wood to take. The table fence keeps the wood in line, providing a barrier which supports the wood, and reduces the amount of dust which flies up from the wood, helping keep it out of your eyes. Position the fence so that it is aligned with the mitre channel.

Step 4 - Begin the Cuts

At last you can begin cutting the wood. Start with a small, shallow cut, as these will allow you to make small adjustments of the wood as you cut, and ensure that you get the correct depth. Follow the line of the mark you have made to ensure that the cuts are along the right line, and try not to over-adjust in order to correct small mistakes.

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