Tips for Buying a Woodworking Router Tips for Buying a Woodworking Router

Perhaps the most important tip for purchasing a woodworking router is that you need to decide what size router you will need. You can find three main sizes, large routers, mid-size routers, and trim routers. How you plan to use the router will help you determine what size is best for your needs.

 

Large Routers

 

This type of woodworking router is generally used on a router table because its large size makes it impractical to use by hand. What a large router lacks in versatility, it makes up in using larger bits that remove more wood in a shorter period of time.

Mid-Size Routers

This is the most versatile type of woodworking router. You can mount it on a router table or use it by hand. Its size makes the router feasible for all types of woodworking projects except those which are extremely large or small.

Trim Routers

A trim router uses a smaller bit than the others. It is much more mobile than other routers but is limited in what it can accomplish. For small jobs and decorative woodworking, a trim router is often the most useful choice.

Another Important Consideration

You also need to choose a base type for the router, either fixed or plunge base. A fixed-base router allows for quickly changing bits and is excellent for template work. A plunge base better cuts mortises and dadoes and allows the bit to reach top cutting speed before you begin the cut.

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