How to use a router (1)

How to Use a Router

How to Use a Router


– Focus on safety rules

– Step 1: Start the router

– Step 2: Rip and steer a router

– Step 3: Stop the router

A router is a power tool that offers many possibilities for woodworking.

It combines the advantages of precision and speed for making joints, such as grooves, moldings, mortises, and tenons…

Once you have learned the basics, using a router will seem no more complicated than using any other power tool, and it will quickly become indispensable in your workshop.

But before you get down to the nitty-gritty, it is essential to know the basics of how to use and handle your router for safe and efficient work.

Here are our tips on how to use a router.

Focus on safety rules

The router is a safer tool than other tools because the hands are away from the router.

Nevertheless, it is essential to wear personal protection such as:

– a dust mask;

– a pair of safety glasses.

It is also important to wait until the machine has come to a complete stop before disconnecting it for any work, such as changing the cutter or making adjustments.

Caution: keep children and pets away from the working area.

1. Switch on the router

– Check that the router is up, and then position the router as you work:

◦ full panel: when you are making a groove along the entire length or width of the workpiece;

◦ or in non-through work: when you make a notch for a hinge, it is limited and does not come out at the end of the wood panel.

– Put the router in position:

◦ Position the ripper sole on the edge of the panel at the point where the routing starts for complete panel work.

◦ Position the router at the desired location for non-throughput work.

– Switch on the machine and wait for it to run entirely before lowering the router.

– Secure the position, and start routing.

2. Roughing and steering a router

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Smoothly, push the router in gradually, keeping your wrists loose and the machine firmly in place.

It is challenging to keep the tool in line, and it is advisable to use guides unless you are using rolling cutters. These guides allow you to stay in line, and this is because the machine tends to deviate from its course during milling.

Different guides and templates depending on the machining task, some of which are supplied with the machine, but you can also use your design guides.

In the latter case, the placement of the router and the fence is critical.

3. Stop the router

At the end of the pass, switch off the motor and let the sole rise for the whole panel work.

If you are not working on a panel, let the base plate rise at the end of the pass and then switch off the motor.

Caution: in all cases, wait until the motor has stopped completely before moving the router or making any adjustments.

Equipment needed to use a router.

Router $100 to buy or $35 per day to rent
Protective mask $1 approx.
Safety glasses $6 approx.

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Craftsperson Tools

The Essential Craftsperson Tools (Part 1)

The Essential Craftsperson Tools (Part 1)

 You have recently moved into your first apartment or house, and you are discovering the joys of DIY! Unaccustomed to work in general, even small jobs, you are hardly equipped, and having to borrow the tools you need every weekend from neighbors or friends is starting to tire you out.

 It is time to invest in basic and good quality equipment adapted to the tasks you may have to perform at home, regularly, or punctually shortly. Assembling kit furniture, installing shelves, putting up curtain rods or blinds, hanging pictures: things that seem easy to do but require a minimum of appropriate tools.

 No need to panic! We will help you. Here are the 4 essential tools you need to have at home to get started in DIY.

1. The hammer

Craftsperson Tools

 The hammer is often the first tool you buy. The most common models are:

 – the carpenter’s hammer, used to drive nails;

 – the electrician’s hammer, it reaches very narrow places, thanks to the thinness of its head;

 The nail puller has a split head that allows removing the nails by a lever movement.

 Another type of hammer, the mallet, has a wooden, rubber, or plastic head and allows, for example, to hit tiles without breaking them during installation.

 To begin with, it is the carpenter’s hammer that you should choose. Versatile and multi-tasking, it will allow you to perform the greatest number of small jobs. Its selling price can vary from $5 to $50. Don’t hesitate to invest in quality equipment, and you will keep it longer!

 Good to know: for maximum precision in the gesture, a hammer is held firmly by the lower part of the handle.

2. The screwdriver

It screws and unscrews, as its name implies. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, including flat and cruciform.

Its price range spans from $1 to $60. But the best option is to buy a tiny case (less than $50) that has a variety of interchangeable and magnetic screwing bits that you can attach to the end of your tool. This case is both practical and comprehensive, giving you a variety of alternatives depending on the size and form of the screw slot. Another big benefit is the fact that you will save space!

3. The pliers

 This tool is also essential and will serve you very often. You will find pliers adapted to each use:

 – flat nose pliers, with a short or long head, to pull out a nail or hold a nut;

 – Rack and pinion pliers, or multi-grip pliers, to adapt to small or large gaps;

 – cutting pliers, to cut electrical wires or copper wires;

 – bent-nose pliers;

 – the electrician’s pliers, sheathed to protect you from electric current.

 The price range is also very variable, from $3 to $80. To equip your toolbox, start with flat pliers, a pair of pliers, and cutters.

4. The saw

 A complete toolbox should contain at least one hand saw. But you’ll choose it based on what you’re using it for: 

 – the metal saw, which is also used to cut plastics and PVC, thanks to its thin blade;

 – the handsaw, which, with its wide and flexible blade, will be reserved for wood and plaster (for example, to cut a partition);

 – the rigid backsaw will be preferred for precise cuts, made with a miter box.

 The price of a saw varies between $2 and $50. But again, don’t go for the first price if you want to keep your tool for several years and not have the blade break as soon as you use it.

 Good to know: a miter box costs about $20 and allows you to make perfect cuts, thanks to notches in which you will wedge the saw.

 If you have liked this article, then the 2nd part is for you. And, don’t forget to leave us your comments…