Woodworking: Router Table Essentials

By craftshome / 1. November 2019

A router table adds a LOT to the shop. With the amazingly diverse availability of router bit profiles, there are many different things you can do on a router table; from edge profiling to joinery. Thanks to the high rpm of a router motor, the cut quality is great, typically requiring very little sanding. Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor, George Vondriska teaches this video Course and will give you many important tips and fundamentals – helping you to get the most out of your router table.

Safety

The same attribute that provides great cut quality can make routers intimidating to operate. Typically running at over 20,000 revolutions per minute, things can go wrong quickly if you’re not using a router correctly. This Course covers a variety of must-have safety tips including how to properly secure the bit in the collet, determining feed direction, setting up for multiple passes, and how to use feather boards and push pads.

Buying Advice

There are lots of routers available in the marketplace. This Course will educate you regarding the best type of router to use in a table, and we’ll look at the advantages router lifts bring to router tables.

Maintenance

While the router table itself requires little more than good housekeeping, router bits are another story. A dull or dirty bit will be unsafe to use, and will cut poorly. We’ll show you how to determine if a bit needs to be sharpened, how to do the sharpening in your own shop, and how to clean a pitch-covered router bit.

Techniques

Dadoes, rabbets, slot cutting…these are just some of the woodworking techniques you’ll learn in this Course. We’ll show you short cuts that will make set up easier and more repeatable, so you can reduce set up time and increase accuracy.

There are over 100 minutes of hands-on video instruction in this Course produced with Woodworkers Guild of America. In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, this Course provides you with downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the course instruction; a Speed Chart to help you determine the best speed to run your bits; and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the Course.

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