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Cutting Edge Router Tips and Tricks

Cutting Edge Router Tips and Tricks
by Jim Stack

Popular Woodworking Books: 2005
Paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-698-4

     It is said by many experts that the router is the most underused tool most woodworkers ever purchase. New woodworkers are quickly intimidated by its unguided power, and it often ends up left in its box. Unlike many woodworking power tools, the router is one that blooms into its full potential only when assisted with jigs, guide fences and a table of its own.
     Mr. Stack first introduces routers in general, with an overview of collets, bits, and procedures such as feed dirction and safe use of the machine. He then shows step by step how to build a very servicable router table out of 3/4" MDF, with drawers, a homemade router lift, dust collection in the fence, and a commercially available table top.
     A chapter on cutting moldings shows a multi-profile bit and its many options in height adjustment and fence positioning. The author shows cope and stick joinery and mortise and tenon work with the router. A full chapter on jigs and accessories shows shop-built centering devices, trammels and edge guides. A jig with a pivoting arm simplifies cutting ellipses. Basic dovetail jigs are discussed, as well as use of templates and bearing guided bits.
     The last chapter illustrates three projects using router techniques: a game table with interlocking arches for the legs, a small display cabinet on a tall, delicate stand, and triangular boxes with V-groove cut lids resembling clam shells. The projcets are a nice way to utilize all the router procedures the author has included, and produce something tangible while gaining confidence in using an intimidating power tool.

. . . Barb Siddiqui