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A Quick Review on Router Bits Use



For someone trying to do a do-it-yourself routing at home, it can be nearly impossible unless you’ve had a professional show you what to do. However, if you take the time to practice on your routing techniques with your own router bits set, you may find that forming edges, adding decorative inlays and raised panel doors will be second nature to you.


In order to practice, you need be aware of what the different router bits can do, and you must realize that each set of bits, whether they be plastic router bits or wood router bits, have a unique job and create a different look to the material they’re used on.


Here is a quick overview on just some of the router bits available. The straight, single flute bit is for general usage on grooves, dadoes, and rabbets. The stair routing bit is used for setting steps and riser grooves. The rabbeting bit step-cuts edges for joints in cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The beading bit is for decorative edges for veneered table tops, other furniture parts.

Learning how to change a router bit, adjusting the cutting depth, and using a router guide is just as important in picking them.

In order to insert router bits, disconnect the router from the power supply. Using two wrenches hold the lower nut in place and turn the collet until the bit is easy to remove. Insert the new bit; again hold the lower nut in place while tightening the collet nut.

When adjusting the cutting depth, place the router on a flat surface. Loosen the locking nut and turn the collar until the bit just touches the surface of the work. Slide the router to the edge of the work until the router bit is just past it. Then, turn the collar until the bit is at the desired depth. Lock collar and tighten locking nut.

The router guide, which keeps the bit at the exact desired distance from the edge of the work, adjusts to and from the router base and is held in place by locking screws. These guides are available for most models.

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