Woodworking With The Router
Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use
For nearly ten years, this volume has been 'the bible' of router woodworking. Hylton and Matlack
have done a wonderful job of presenting clear explanations of ways to use a most versatile tool. What I like best about this
book is that their writing anticipates ignorance, thoroughly building the reader's knowledge base about the tool and the many
ways it can be used. They warn you when to expect tear-out and the ways to prevent it; they anticipate problems with
burning of light woods and illustrate how to avoid it. When you study this book, you feel 'forewarned and forearmed' before
you even turn on the tool.
|by Bill Hylton and Fred Matlack
Reader's Digest Books, 1993
Paperback, 344 pp., $17.95
All you would expect is in this volume: collets, bits, baseplates, tables, maintenance, router
joinery, template work, accessories and jigs. The fun comes with all their little 'asides' in featured columns of 'Try This!'
For instance: "Making cabinets? Try dadoing both sides of a cabinet at one time by lining them up side by side."
"If you want to raise a panel with a vertical bit on a regular router table, try using a trap fence in conjunction with the
standard fence…" "If a circle you want to cut is smaller than your router base, don't bother with a trammel. Drill a pivot
hole in the factory baseplate, then fit the router over the pin in the work and turn it. Not flashy, but it works."
I think you could open this book on almost any page, read a new idea with your eyes widening
significantly, and slam the book closed to jump out of your chair and head to the shop to try it. The authors illustrate
literally dozens of useful jigs to build for the router, all out of common shop materials.
The book is illustrated and photographed in black and white, with a source list and a complete
index. A very valuable guide to efficient woodworking.