Crafts-Hobbies Vivian | 22 Feb 2011 11:39 pm

Why You Want A Router Table In Your Woodworking Shop

Everyone that is interested in woodworking wants to make something that makes others say 憌ow?
A router table adds a new dimension to your woodworking because of its amazing versatility. For such a simple concept, a spinning blade, the router table has so many different profiles.

I have always said that when you put your project on the router table it is wood, when you take it off, its furniture.

Here are the top reasons why you want a router table in your shop.

稟mazing versatility

稸ersatile edge profiles

稵emplate following capabilities

稤ado and groove cutting

稲aised panel doors construction

稰recision joinery

稲ounding over wood

稵ables available in Large and bench top sizes

稵ons of accessories are available

稲outer bits are available for almost anything

穀ou can make your own router table, but not your own table saw!

Just think, if you bought a 50-piece router bit set and brought it home, you could literally do 50 different types of cutting. That抯 like getting 50 different machines in your shop.

Here are some cool things you can do with 搖nique?router bits

稧lue Joints


稬ock Mitres (for strong joints)

稟rchitectural moldings

稴tile and Rail joinery

稡ox joints

稰anel raising

稵ongue and groove joints

稦inger joints

稬aminate trimming

稦ace framing bits

稤ovetail joinery

稴ign making


稡iscuit joining

稴lot cutting

稲ound overs


稭ulti beading

稰icture hanging bits

稭ullion cutters

One of the better aspects of routing on a router table is the ability to attach a dust collector to your router fence. I personally like a portable dust collector that is dedicated to my router table. If you can split the dust hose using a 揟?you can collect dust at the router fence and again at the bottom of the table. This keeps your shop clean and organized.

There are so many accessories out there, it can boggle the mind. You can find almost anything for the most demanding project. With so many accessories available, I find it valuable to have a router table cabinet with drawers. Under the table portion of the cabinet is open so the router can breathe. Underneath I like having two drawers that keep all my router table items in one place. I could never keep all the little knobs, allen wrenches, collet wrenches and speed controls, to name a few, all organized. Imagine how easy it is with a couple of drawers to help you keep it all together.

So how do you learn more about your router table? You read, read and read some more. Thanks to the Internet, there is so much out there (for free) that you can learn. Hopefully this article has inspired you to go out and buy a router table and make something amazing.

If this article has inspired you, you may want to learn more about what type of router to purchase when you set up your router table. There are a lot of choices out there and the Internet can either help you or confuse you. I will be posting another article on this very subject.

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