Choosing the Right Router

With so many types and sizes of routers available, choosing the right router bit for you can be a daunting task. Here we’ll discuss what router bits are most commonly available, their uses, and how to select the router that will meet your particular needs.

The Woodworking Router

o The first type of router is more common and affordable. These are great for small tasks and for beginnings woodworking, or for projects that don’t require a lot of detail work. Routers for this range are fairly small in size with a very straight cutting action. Since these are basically only designed for straight cutting, and don’t have collets available, most are powered with a stationary cutter, rather than with a router table.

o Routers that are of a fixed design are more expensive, though they are versatile for professional woodworking. They come with their own tables, cutters, and collets. For the sizes of router bits available, this class of router is at the high end. Regular router bits are available, but they have no collets, and otherwise are more costly. These cutters come in a wide variety of sizes as well. For most common woodworking projects, a 1/4″ router bit will do. But for specialty projects, a 1/2″ or 1″ router may be better. This class of router is great for not only straight cuts, but also for greater detail work, tip sh ventures, or difficult jointing such as drawer faces, or box joints.

o Routers with collets come next, and are roughly the same size as the conventional router frame. The collet allows more colletting, and leaves a cleaner cut. The collets can be purchased in sets or individually. For greater versatility, it makes sense to get both the router and the optional collets. These can be used for large scale projects, and come in both fixed and variable range settings.

Because there is such a wide range of router bits available, there is certainly one that will match all of your woodworking needs. Some hobbyists purchase only specialty router bits, and never use a router at all. Be sure to check your own individual needs before making your choice. One consideration in choosing router bits is whether they work better with one or two mills or with one or two plates.

The Woodworking Router Desk

Where router desks can be used to work using several router bits at the same time, this design leaves the router table more clear of wasted space. Obviously, a router table with a huge back that is centered over the work place can feel a little unbalanced. One of the ways round can make more of a sense is to use a router Desk that has cabinets built into it, this way the router remains at a more comfortable level as it’s used. Anyone who plans to use their router more frequently will want to take this into consideration.

The Router Table

Sometimes a woodworking router will also include a router table, a type of table that can be turned or mounted on a router table router. In this case, the router table would be considered a more ergonomic table, and would likely be built for some amount of standing work. This means that it allows even greater work freedom, and can be built to accommodate various push/pull/pulley features that can be plugged into it.

A drawback to this type of router, however, is that it is obsolete from new user-friendly standards such as those developed by paddles for Israel. Pasters and paddle fed machines are now computer controlled and understood fully. Fueled sometime withdon cashms, the past few years, there has been a transition from electric to gasoline-powered ropers. Since the router must be propped up on a ladder or on a stand while it works, it’s best to use it with a gasoline-powered machine. A common problem with these routers is a tendency to leave it on the table in too-wide- Range areas.

choking wood with the router in too-wide code

Since the cutting area is enclosed by the router’s table, the cutting is much easier. The cutting edge naturally has little area underneath it, so the router table has very little dead space. However, even though it dwindles the dead space down to a bare 4 ¼ inches, when several routers are working in the same milling area, these little internal dead spaces can add up to a lot of heat. When routing, especially cutters, router bits long enough to cut through 1 ¼ inch material is incredibly hot. The area under the router table becomes saturated with hot air from all of the router motors, and the heat can sequence the routers off.