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MACHINE ROUTERS AND ROUTER BITS

V. Ryan © 2006

 

The type of machine routers bought in DIY shops are normally used in two ways. Diagram ‘A’ shows the router being controlled by both hands. Normally an adjustable fence is fitted to ensure that the router cuts in a straight line. Also, great care must be taken to ensure that the mains lead does not get in the way of the cutter.
The wood being routed must be clamped down firmly to ensure that it does not move.

 
 

 

A machine router can also be mounted in a router table (Diagram 'B'). The router is bolted or clamped in position and the wood is pushed along the table surface. The wood is pushed along by ‘push sticks’, along the guide, this means that hands are kept well away from the cutter.

   

 
 
A range of router bits and the sections they cut are shown below. Router bits are selected according to the 'profile' of the shape to be cut in the wood.
 

     

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