6 Ways to Start Using a Woodworking Router – (Informative Guide)

The router has many uses that any woodworker will be familiar with. It is useful for both decorative and functional projects around the house.

Because it’s portable, this tool is a powerful power tool that can be used to do a variety of cutting, trimming, and other tasks.

Perfect Edges

A router is able to produce a smooth and clean edge on narrow pieces of wood. This can be difficult.

Routers are used to make even and level cuts on both straight and curved edges and can replicate those cuts on multiple pieces of wood.

Making Stylish Molding

Decorative molding is perhaps the most interesting thing a router can create. You can create everything you need, from simple, rounded moldings to elaborate Roman ogees or beaded patterns for doors and windows.

Cutting Easy Dadoes

A dado is a slot or trench that is used to invisibly support shelves in a bookcase or cabinet. A dado is a strong method of attaching shelves. It’s cut with a router using a straight bit.

This tool allows you to easily cut two types of dadoes, a through dado that runs along both edges of a surface and leaves the ends open.

And a stopped dado (or blind dado) ends before either one or both of your cuts meet the edge of the surface.

Making Clean Rabbets

A rabbet, or recess, is a groove or cut in the edge of the wood. It’s usually used to cover the back of a bookcase or on the sides of a bookcase.

Rabbets are also used to create door and casement window jambs and can be used with a dado to form a strong joint.

Many routers are able to accommodate a range of rabbet bits that can be used to cut the grooves to your desired width.

Re-creating Patterns

You can use a router to create patterns, grooves, and designs on multiple pieces of wood.

For instance, if you have a broken table or another piece of wood, you can use the router to “trace” the outline of the original piece and re-create it as many times as you like.

You can also use routers to trace complex designs and lettering on flat pieces of wood.

Recessing Door Hinges

You can use a router with a jig for cutting space for recessed door hinges or lock faces. Recessed hardware yields a more finished appearance and smoother operation.