Woodworking Routers
Using Safely, Confidently and Effectively

Woodworking Routers are the most precise cutting tool in your shop. If not, you can learn how.

Pat Warner, a router expert, had a great influence on me. His original three books,

Getting the Very Best from Your Router
The Router Joinery Handbook
Fast, Easy & Accurate Router Jigs
combined to improve my skills dramatically. All of these books are out of print. I want to share with you several of these skills.

Would you like to improve your skills?

  • You can learn how to use a Router in a variety of ways.
  • A Router can substitute for several woodworking machines.
  • Router Jigs help you make precise joints.
  • Router Bits are far cheaper than Jointer blades.
  • You have to start somewhere. Learning to use the Router will make your skills come alive!

Woodworking Routers Types

As you know, there are all types of routers on the market. Sometimes it is hard to know which one(s) you should use.

I have used several over the years. Does it make sense to purchase a router to do the intended work? A Fixed-base router for Router Table work, edge work, and pattern work. A Plunge router for inside work and multiple depth work.
You may want to consider the newer combination packages - see Woodworking Router Reviews.

I favor having two. One mounted in your Custom made Router Table and one for portable use. I use both quite frequently. They are very precise! You will like having a powerful router in your router table to make fancy profiles. This type does not bog down when using large cutters.

The router table has multiple uses, as explained on that page. You can take the router out of the router table, and use it for several jigs and patterns.

List of Woodworking Routers Pages:

Woodworking Router Reviews
Router Table Plans
Router Table Fence
Router Lift
Quality Router Bits
Router Jigs & Templates
How to Use a Router Table
Making a Sliding Dovetail Joint with a Router Table
How to Joint with a Router Table
Router Safety
Custom Edge Guides

Woodworking Router Reviews attempts to guide you to the better choices for a woodworking router.
You can spend a lot of money without getting the quality that you need. Today, you can find fixed base/plunge base packages that will really help you maximize your router use.
Take a look at Woodworking Router Reviews for your best router choices.

Custom Made Router Table Plans
You will really enjoy this router table plans. It is the third one I made. I sold the other two. This design is unique, making this router table the envy of your fellow woodworkers.
This page includes ideas on a good, solid Router Table Top.

An Excellent Shop Built Router Fence
You can spend a lot of money on a table fence that may not have quality components. I spent a lot of time developing this Router Table Fence to make sure it measures up to quality. The design is unique and gives excellent results.
Take a look at the short video clip.

A Different Type of Router Lift
You can spend hundreds of $$$ on a fancy router lift. On the other hand, you can make your own that is more versatile and under $25.

What Router Bits Should You Buy?
You can save a lot of money if you want quality and know where to shop! High-class router bits give you a better quality cut and save you money as well.

Router Jigs and Templates
a Woodworking router needs templates and they are truly amazing. Clamping both template and your wood to your workbench is fast and easy. You will learn how to use templates to their maximum advantage.

How to Use a Router Table
You will find tips and techniques using the Router table to increase your skills.
The router table is excellent for edge-to-edge joinery. Some of the other uses are simple.
As you grasp the concepts, you will wonder why you didn't think of that before.

The Sliding Dovetail Joint
Excels in Tensile Strength (Pull-Apart Strength).
You can spend a lot of money on commercial jigs, but they may not make quality dovetail joints.
Find out how easy you can make a sliding dovetail joint with your router table!

How to Joint with a Router Table
Using the Router Table for edge jointing is practical and safe.
Here are some tips and techniques to make it easy for you. Once you understand this, you will save some money!

Router Safety
These router safety tips & techniques should help you in using your woodworking router.
Using a router should be safe and fune!

Want to make your own Custom Edge Guides?
You can with these plans! Save some money in the process.
These edge guides help you do a lot of things.

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Unbounded ambition like yours can only lead to great success in Woodworking!
Pat Warner 6/1999

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