How to use a router table?


The router table is the basic need for woodworkers in this technological era. This is the best equipment for moldings and routing the wood pieces according to your need and want. But if you want to use this magical product you must have command and grip of using and handling this machine. In this article, the whole information about how to use the router table is given in easy and understandable language.

But first of all, one should have the proper knowledge about the piece of information given with the hardware product.

Identically a router is a spinning tool that woodworkers use to hollow out or shape chunks of woods or other hard material including fiberglass, Kevlar, and graphite. Today there are usually power tools to rotate the spindle speedily. Furthermore, spindle drills into the wood leaving the groove. The width of this groove depends upon the size of the bit or cutting element.
But the router alone is not sufficient for proper working rather a complete set of router tables is best recommended by the advisors. Indeed the router is small equipment which isn’t suitable for the big bang woodcuts and the woodworkers didn’t satisfied with such a small device that is why they prefer ROUTER TABLE.

SAFTEY MEASURE

While using this product one should take proper precautions. Without a doubt, precautions give proper protection to the user along with curing many problems faced by the users.
Router bits so fast that it needs your proper attention. Accidents can happen suddenly. Here are a few of the most important safety measures.

  • Always unplug the router while changing the bit.
  •  Push the bit into the collect. Then lift it to expose about one-quarter of the shank before tightening the collect nut. This will keep the bit from coming loose in the collect.
  • The bit covered by guard whenever possible.
  • Always wear safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • Use feather boards and push sticks to keep your fingers away from the bit.
  • Move work pieces from right to left against the fence and, counter-clockwise around a piloted bit.
  • Never position the fence.

ACCESSORIES

In addition, we will slowly move towards the parts and accessories that come with the router table. Some big bang organizations offer many accessories with their product. The Kreg PRS1045 Precision System set is one of a good example that comes with all good accessories. As a matter of fact, this is all customer care techniques. These tools help the company to grow its customers. Indeed, in this case, it is beneficial too.

A router table can have accessories like switches, dust collectors, coasters that help to make router table mobile and a zero-play meter. Here are some more accessories

 TABLE TOPS:

Nothing ensures accuracy at the router table like a flat, stay able router table top. There are some types of router table tops that include Infinity router table tops, Offset router table tops and Cast iron router table tops.

 TABLE STAND:

For the new setup or upgrading the old setup, a table stand is necessary. The advantage of router table stand is that it is easily adjustable. You can adjust your router table stand at a height that is comfortable for you.

 PLATES AND LIFTS:

Plates and lifts help to upgrade your router table. Router plates and lifts are smooth enough and help to support a router table.

 TABLE FENCES:

Fence is the most important part of positioning a cut. There are many companies that offer a high-quality fence for router tables as they help to upgrade your machine into the best one.

METER AND T-TRACKS:

While building your own router table top or table fence you should sure about the meter tracks and t-tracks. There are aluminum tracks as well as other materials. You should choose according to your router table design. Make sure to check out the t-track options also.

ROUTER TABLE PARTS

A router table is a complex machine having different parts with different working fields.It should be noticed that most of the router tables come with almost the same type of parts, but the positioning of these parts vary from model to model.

Therefore the particular company should give you proper details about these parts as well as they should mention the method of assembling these all parts to make-up a well-settled perfect router table.

1)DUST EXTRACTION PORTdust extraction port

Behind the guard and fence, there is a post where a dust collection hose can be fitted. Same as there are accessories for dust collectors that accommodate the different sizes and shapes of the hose. This helps you to clear most of the dust and debris produced through routing. The inventors highly recommended a vacuum specially and uniquely made for this hardware not for the common household vacuum which is used in houses and other shops for dust collection.

2)TABLE GUARD TABLE GUARD

The top guard is typically a simple plastic cover that goes directly over the router bit. Once the machine is on and you begin your work, the table guard will work as a guard and will definitely protect your hands from cuts and injuries. Another function done by the router table guard is that it helps to direct the wood chippings and dust into the dust collector. Moreover, it also helps keep the material top and smooth on the table top surface.

3)FENCEfence

Indeed a router table fence is a thin, straight board that works as a guide. It can be positioned vertically on the table top and secured firmly in place. On the other hand, fences can be rotated all over the table to accommodate different sized wood pieces. Above all the main function of the table fence is that it is responsible for sharp cuttings and edges of your wood piece. Moreover, it assures that the piece is parallel or not. They usually have a T-slot running horizontally across them where additional guiding parts or accessories can be fitted.

4)ROUTER TABLE PLATErouter table plate

The plate is the most important and necessary part as it holds the router inside the table. As a rule, it fixes within the table with screws. Insert plate has a hole in the center through which the cutter protrudes. Apart from this, the insert plate can have different screw holes for different routers.

5)ROUTER TABLE RINGStable ring

Ring is an accessory that helps to change the size of the hole in the center of the insert plate for use with different sizes of cutter or bit. Even so, an insert ring is also called a reducer ring or insert plate ring. The opening around the cutter can be reduced by insert ring. It protects the router from dust and chippings. It gives more support to your workpiece

6)FEATHER BOARDS router table feather boards

Finger pressures, side pressures, and top pressures, sometimes referred to as fingerboards or feather boards, are designed to support a workpiece as it moves across one of the guide fences and make contact and with the cutter. As a result, it prevents the material from being thrown back. They hold the material against a guide fence or down onto the table.

7)ROUTER TABLE PUSH TOOLSpush tool

Undoubtedly push tools are used to put distance between your hands and the spinning cutter while still allowing you to control the feed rate and direction of your material. In addition to this, there are several different types of push tools that can be used with or without the fence in place. They are recommended to use with small pieces of material.

8)NO-VALUT RELEASE SWITCHrouter table switch

No-vault release (NVR) switches are power buttons which are relatively common features on modern power tools. They work as safety mechanisms which will cut all power to the tool if there is a temporary loss of power at any point. Even so, they are attached to the router tables for the router to be plugged into. Above all the position of the switches will depend on the design of the table, so it should be easy to access your work.

HOW TO USE A ROUTER TABLE

(Tips & Tricks)

If you’re a new user of router table and you need some kind of help or instruction, the proper description is available here in this article. Let’s dive into tips and tricks that will help you work better with your router table.

STARTING PIN:

This will help you hold smaller pieces of wood very smoothly and easily. In this way, you can add shapes or patterns to your wood piece.

ATTACHING A ROUTER:

In short, attaching a router to a router table is the basic step without which you can’t do anything. It’s worth mentioning that pivots should be firmly attached around two or three inches away from the bit.

CUT BIG PIECES:

As a matter of fact, there is a big problem to cut the big pieces which cannot be done on the table saw but on the router table. Using a regular router with large router bits can help you to deal with pieces of material that you’re unable to fit onto the table saw to crosscut. To make the job easier, you can use a jigsaw to cut off the top end to match the exact length you’re aiming for.

USE OF CLAMPS:

Woodworkers do a common and rookie mistake in the first place while doing their work and that is no usage of clamps. Just like the more a person is experienced the more he knew the importance of clamps in a workshop. Since precision is always the number one priority in the field of woodworking such as using a high-quality set of clamps is highly recommended. It surely helps to save time and materiel as well.

SHAPE TO THE BOARD EDGES:

Using a router table than a router would help you more to mold a profile into a perfect work piece. It will be rather an easier task. When you’re cutting through a table router,  make sure to apply some pressure to the board. Then steadily feed the board in order to fix it perfectly.

FEATHER BOARDS FOR PRECISION:

If any budget-friendly tool didn’t achieve the precision you want to maximize the precision of your tool, adding two feather boards will surely help you to achieve this goal. Moreover, these feather boards are especially useful for cutting narrow moldings and maintain straight and smooth cuts that can be a little bit tough task. When you’re finished cutting and the router reaches the furthest point, you can turn it off and get rid of the extra material at the end. In this way, you will get a perfect cut in a single go.

ENHANCING MITER JOINTS:

Not all the table saws work very well when cutting miters when the blade is tipped over to 45 degrees. Their blades might shift out of alignment and produce a burned edge. However, this problem can be avoided by using a chamfer bit. These bits always achieve an accurate 45-degree angle and also come in a variety of sizes. Moreover, create a zero clearance opening around the bit by cutting a router table’s fences. This way you can avoid having the workpiece tipping into the bit as you cut.

Another clever trick to do is leave a point on the end of the workpiece when you’re setting up your router table without shortening its length. In order to achieve this, you might need to adjust the fence or the bit’s height. But the miter cuts will be much faster and easier to make.

WORKING WITH LONG, NARROW OR SMALL STOCK:

It can easily machined long and narrow stock. On the other side, feather boards make it easier. They hold the stock tight on the surface of the table against the fence. A long, narrow stock that is used to make moldings and trims are nearly impossible to work with a handled router.Not to mention but small pieces of stock are also challenging to work with a handled router table.

Handled equipment work on small parts often involves a difficult balancing act. The router should keep upright on the stock otherwise it will not do a good job for supporting a router base. To resolve this problem you must choose a router table instead of the handled router just because a router table leaves both of your hands free to hold on to the small parts while the table surface provides sturdy, flat support for the entire surface of the workpiece.

EDGE TRIMMING / PATTERN WORK:

One of the router’s specialties is trimming the edge of the piece of the stock to the flat, smooth, square surface, or exactly following the counter of a pattern. To demonstrate the pattern work, attaching a straightedge or a template to a piece of stock is one of the quickest and most effective ways to clean-up an edge, or to perfectly and repeatedly form the arched top of a frame and panel door or any other curved part. As well as that edge trimming and pattern work speed up the work by using a router table. Its surface supports the workpiece very well. A good company router table can do edge triming and pattern work easily.

ROUTER TABLE AS A JOINTER:

The most important and common question is “can a router table be used as an edge jointer?” the answer is “surely yes”. Infect this is the best money-saving and space-saving alternative way instead of any other dedicated jointer. With the help of accessories that come with router tables, it takes a few minutes to set up for edge-jointing.

STOPPED CUTS:

The cuts that do not continue for the entire length of the stock is called stopped cuts. Stopped cuts can be either decorative, like a chamfer that begins and ends at a certain point on a table leg, or functional, as in a case of mortise or a half-blind dovetail pin. Indeed a router table can be set in seconds to perform a stopped cut, the same operation is dangerous from a handheld router.

LOCK MITER, DRAWER LOCK, FINGER JOINTS:

Lock miter, drawer lock, and finger joints are the toughest operations and procedures which only can be done through router table. And if they are done with a handheld router, the accuracy will fall as well as it is much dangerous. Lock miter router bit allows you to cut an interlocking miter that not only perfectly aligns the joints but also greatly increases the performance and durability of the miter joint.

Drawer lock bits give you a quick and easy alternative to traditional dovetail joints for making reliable accurate drawers and other box shapes. A Finger joint bit adds a “third dimension” to your wood joining arsenal. With finger joining the most technical procedure is done which is actually joining the boards end to end. The exactly mating fingers cut by the finger joint bit create more than an adequate gluing surface for an end to end gluing. End grain to long grain joining use this too.

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