How to Use a Wood Router? Guide for Beginners

How to Use a Wood Router

A versatile hand tool with a wide range of uses and applications. As you are here maybe you know a thing or two about it but let’s know more about it.

Types of Routers

Commonly for beginners, small plunge routers are preferable as it offers a nice mix of control and is relatively safe to use, plus it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

There are options to choose from as wood routers have a niche but rich market; Fixed base and Combo Router kits are expensive but can offer a higher degree of “refinedness” to your craftsmanship.

Know What You are going to do at First

There is a lot of nitty-gritty about crafting with wood much like crafting anything, know where you are headed at first hence; there are thousands of bits to choose from each have there own place starting from 8mm to ½ inch there is no one-size-fits-all approach here.

Slower rotations allow larger bits with a wider cutting diameter to be used safely. Normal speeds range anywhere from 8,000 to 30,000 rpm.

Set goals and learn to make them incrementally, you cannot expect to pull-off a masterpiece at your first go.

Play with a Few before Buying one

Hit up a few forums and a FaceBook group in your area and check out a few routers. Much like you cannot learn how to swim buy reading a book or watching an hour-long tutorial online, you have to practically do what you are trying to learn.

Types of Routers

Learn on your own or join woodworking classes they’ll offer a nice environment to learn at and will provide expert and supervised guidance; working with power tools can really get you hurt you know.

Think About What you are going to get in Advance (especially safety)

There are a myriad of things you should be on the lookout for like: Plunge depth Plunge is the change in height which the router body will come down to the base plate and Plunge Stop which can normally be customized and changed according to the user but expensive wood routers offer more flexibility.

The area at which you shouldn’t cheap out on is safety, it is always the first thing you should consider or it’ll end up being the last thing you wished you did.  Using anti-kickback bits and proper handgrips and side tracers will help and you won’t regret shedding a few extra bucks on a toe or pinky you saved

Final Words

A tiny article like this won’t do justice to this huge of a topic, it’s just a mere drop in the bucket, crafting is like an extension of your mind and you have the canvas but need the appropriate instruments for your desired symphony. Good Luck.