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.
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