Router Questions: Handling Difficult Grain
The secret is to plan your cuts and take multiple passes.
Gary RogowskiPortland, Ore. The founder of the Northwest Woodworking Studio and a longtime Fine Woodworking contributing editor answers some often-asked questions about routers. THE QUESTIONS How Many Routers Do I Need?Rather than buy two or three separate tools, consider a kit with one motor that fits several bases. Watch the video What Bits Are Essential?Plan on having 10 to 12 bits at first–straight cutters, molding cutters, and more. Watch the video What’s the Best Way to Handle Difficult Grain?The secret, says Rogowski, is to plan your cuts and take multiple passes. Now Playing What’s a Climb Cut?Sometimes, the best way to make progress is to go in the wrong direction. Rogowski covers two instances where moving the router backward produces cleaner cuts. Watch the video How Can I Minimize Chatter?Watch the router speed, says Rogowski, particularly if you’re using a large bit. Watch the video Should I Try to Sharpen a Dull Bit?The answer, says Rogowski, is a qualified yes. It all depends on the condition of the cutting surfaces. Watch the video