Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers

Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers

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Expand your skills through understanding of the router and what you can achieve with it

Lonnie Bird


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  • Product # 070827
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-56158-766-7
  • Published Date 2006
  • Dimensions 9-3/16 x 10-7/8
  • Pages 240
  • Photos color photos
  • Drawings and drawings

The router, for its simple design, is one of the most versatile tools you can own. You can shape decorative profiles, cut grooves, flush-trim, raise panels, and cut almost any joint.

In the Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers, youll learn how to unleash this versatility by choosing the appropriate bit, and guiding the cut in the proper manner. Youll also learn that while a multitude of bits are available, a few essential bits will enable you to accomplish many of your routing tasks.

More than 800 photo and drawings show you how to use and care for your router and how to get the most from it. In addition to mastering the use of your router, youll also learn about router tables, and how to make one that works perfectly in your shop.

Preview a sample of this book below

Table of Contents
Section 1: Choosing Routers and Accessories
Making a Custom Baseplate
Making a Straight-Sided Baseplate
Constructing an Edge Guide
Router Maintenance

Section 2: All About Bits
Changing Bits
Changing Bearings
Adjusting a Stacking Bit

Section 3: Router Tables
A Simple Fence
A Jointing Fence
An L Fence
Zero-Clearance Fence
Support Stand
A Two-Dollar Top
Making a Sled

Section 4: Common Cuts
Plunge Cut with Edge Guide
Internal Cut with Guide Bushing
Baseplate as Guide
Bearing as Guide
Making Stop-Cuts
Shaping Edges
Shaping Narrow Ends
Using a Starting Pin
Cove Cut on the Router Table
Routing Small Parts

Section 5: Routing Edging and Molding
Bullnose in Two Cuts
Edge Bead
Edge with Fence
Beveling Curved Edges
Molding on Face
Complex Molding
Complex Molding II
Built-Up Molding
Arched Molding Face
Arched Molding Edge

Section 6: Flush-Trimming
Flush-Trimming Face Frames
Flush-Trimming a Curve
Flush-Trimming Interior

Section 7: Router Joinery
Stopped Groove
Panel Groove
Two-Pass Groove
Tongue and Groove
Rabbet with Straight Bit
Dedicated Rabbet Bit
Lap Joint
Freehand Routing Dovetails
Shopmade Dovetail Jig
Sliding Dovetail
Half-Blind Dovetails with Porter Cable Omni Jig
Through Dovetails with Katie Jig
Half-Blind Dovetails with the Akeda Jig
Glue Joint
Tenon with Jig
Tenon on the Router Table
Lock Miter
Splined Miter
Birds Mouth
Box Joint

Section 8: Doors and Drawers
Door Bit Set
Reversible Door Bit
Adjustable Door Bit Set
Coped Mortise and Tenon
Arched Door with Cope and Stile Bits
Sash Door
Arched Light Sash Door
Raised Panel
Raised Curved Panel
Lipped Door Edge
Lock Mortise
Sliding Dovetail Drawers

Section 9: Routing with Templates
Internal Cut
Curve with Template
Flush-Trimming Tight Curves
Internal Rabbet with Template
Corner Shelf
Scalloped Top

Section 10: Special Shaping Operations
Pilaster with Handheld Router
Small Stock on Router Table
Fluted Quarter Columns
Routing a Dished Tabletop
The router is undoubtedly one of the simplest of woodworking machinesbasically comprising just a motor, a base, and a collet. And yet it is one of the most versatile tools you can own. Back when the router was first invented, it was used primarily for shaping decorative profiles along the edges of tabletops and drawer fronts. It's still a great choice for those tasks, but the truth is, it can do a lot more, including grooving, flush-trimming, raising panels, and cutting almost any joint, including the all-important mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joints. In fact, the router can create all of the joinery necessary to make entire assemblies such as doors and drawers.

Unleashing all this versatility basically depends on two things: using the appropriate bit, and guiding the cut in the proper manner. Thats a bit of an oversimplification, of course, but it really is at the heart of the matter, as I'll show you in this book.

For example, if you flip through the pages of any router bit catalog, you're sure to become overwhelmed by the assortment of bit styles and sizes, which range from simple straight bits to large, complex molding bits. However, you'll find that a judicious selection of a few essential bits will enable you to accomplish many of your routing tasks.

As for guiding the cut, I'll show you a range of options, including using the edge of the router base, fitting a bushing to the opening in the base, or using a guide bearing on the bit. You can also choose to attach a fence or edge guide to the base. For some tasks, such as excavating for hardware, you might choose to simply guide the router freehand to remove much of the waste stock, completing the job with hand tools.

Another option is to use a jig or router table. No other woodworking machine lends itself more to the use of jigs or table-mounting than the router. Many commercial jigs are available to help you perform simple or complex operations, but you can also construct jigs yourself. Router tables open up a whole other realm of possibilities, effectively turning the router into a stationary machinea mini-shaper that's capable of routing large-scale jobs such as door panels. Although a table-mounted router lacks the power of a shaper, it's more versatile and economical, making it well suited to small-shop woodworkers on a limited budget.

So be prepared to expand your woodworking skills through the capabilities of this most remarkable tool. It's my hope that this book will provide you with a thorough understanding of the router and what you can achieve with it.

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