Routers - Fine Woodworking Tool Guide


Whole books have been written about routers and how to use them, and many woodworking shops have a collection of these tools designated for different kinds of work. Routers range in size from laminate trimmers that can be used with one hand to production
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  • Tool Test: Midsize Fixed-Base RoutersTool Test: Midsize Fixed-Base Routers

    by Marc Adams

    On its own or teamed up with shopmade jigs, a fixed-base router can drill, shape, size, plane, and cut wood similar to the way big stationary equipment can. A midsize ...

  • 4 Jigs for a Fixed-Base Router4 Jigs for a Fixed-Base Router

    by Marc Adams

    A fixed-base router will likely be the first one you buy, and it's idea for use with a variety of jigs. From a simple straightedge with a flip-up fence to a shopmade ...

  • How to Choose Your First RouterHow to Choose Your First Router

    by Marc Adams

    Looking to buy your first router? Wonderful though it can be, the router can be an intimidating tool. It turns on with a scream, leaving the operator holding onto ...

  • Tool Test: Router LiftsTool Test: Router Lifts

    by Roland Johnson

    Changing router bits and adjusting the height are two things you'll do a lot when using a router table. Both tasks can be frustrating, requiring you to reach under ...

  • Tool Test: Router TablesTool Test: Router Tables

    by Roland Johnson

    Mounted in a table, a router can spin out perfect sliding dovetails, and tenons that fit their mortises straight from the table. You can also rout more consistent ...

  • Tool Test: Trim RoutersTool Test: Trim Routers

    by Gregory Paolini

    No longer designed for the single carpentry task of trimming countertop laminate, trim routers have evolved into tools that are perfectly suited to a variety of ...

  • Buying and Using Trim RoutersVideo: Buying and Using Trim Routers

    with Matt Kenney

    Learn how these small routers can be used in furniture making and get tips on how to select the right trim router for your shop

  • How Many Routers Does Your Shop Need?How Many Routers Does Your Shop Need?

    by Jeff Miller

    If you do a lot of routing, there's a pretty strong argument for having more than one router in your shop. One route to take is to use a combo kit, with one motor ...

  • Heavy-Duty Plunge RoutersHeavy-Duty Plunge Routers

    by Gregory Paolini

    3-hp routers have the raw power needed to cut great mortises, profile edges, shape wood to a template, cut dadoes and rabbets, and more. But because these routers ...

  • When to Replace Motor Brushes?Q & A: When to Replace Motor Brushes?

    by Roland Johnson

  • Tool Guide 2009Tool Guide 2009

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Free online extras from our newsstand-only publication featuring expert tool reviews, videos, and articles

  • Milwaukee Muscles into Combo-Kit MarketMilwaukee Muscles into Combo-Kit Market

    by Tom Begnal

    New two-in-one router kit is strong and versatile

  • Sorting Out Straight Router BitsSorting Out Straight Router Bits

    by Jeff Miller

    Two flutes or one, spiral or straight, bearing guided? Discover the best bits for any routing task.

  • Tool Test: Routers for Router TablesTool Test: Routers for Router Tables

    by Roland Johnson

    Mounting a router in a table gives precise control over a wide variety of work, using bits that would otherwise be too big to use safely, and allowing the use of ...

  • Dick Jarmon: Ultimate Tool CollectorVideo: Dick Jarmon: Ultimate Tool Collector

    with Matt Berger

    Porter-Cable's No. 1 fan shares part of his antique tool collection at 100th anniversary gala

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