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Choosing A Router For Your Woodwork
A lot of people have an interest or fondness for carpentry or woodworking. If it does not
become someone’s profession, it will often times become their hobby if they are interested in
woodworking. Woodworking can be a fun thing to do. You can create all ki nds of furniture which
you can either keep for yourself or sell to other people. However, if you are into woodworking,
whether it's for your source of income or source of enjoyment and pleasure, woodworking
requires a lot of tools. You have your basic tools such as your hammers, screwdrivers, saws,
drills, sanders, carvers, etc. But part of any good handyman’s tool kit are the bigger tools such as
band saws and a wood router.
What Is A Wood Router?
A wood router is a tool used to carve out or hollow out an area in a piece of wood. There are
also routers that can be used for plastic. These are slightly different but function in relatively the
same way. Wood routers can do regular carvings or detailing your wood piece as well as other
carving/hollowing out tasks you may need from it. There are a few kinds of routers. There is a
smaller one, which is used for trimming laminates. There are bigger ones you can use for bigger
jobs. You can even get creative with your wood router to create all kinds of designs a nd patterns
carved out into your wood.
Three Main Routers
There are three main types of routers that you can choose from:
• Has a bearing on the end to follow edge of material that needs to be cut
• Not made for making interior cuts
• Specifically made for interior cuts
• Has a scale to help you with measurements
• Can change speeds for different sizes of drill bits
• Smaller, hand-held router
• Made for working on laminates
• Comes with different bases for different cuts
Tips For Picking A Router
• Be sure of what you want to do with it – what are you going to use the router for? Is it only
for small pieces of wood like laminates? Do you need to cut holes in the center of the wood? Do
you need straight cuts? Determine what you are going to use the router for so you can decide
what type of router you will get.
• Do you research – find out about what brands are the best and most reliable so you can find
the best wood router for you.
• Determine your budget – how much are you willing to spend on your router?
• Are you buying a router for personal use? Or for business? If you are using it for business,
consider buying all types of routers if you have the budget.
• Know about all the different bits that come with it, how to use the right speed and settings.
That way, you know what features you want your router to have to do the job you need.
Whether you are going to use your router for personal or for business use, it is important that
you get to know as much about the router you are looking to buy as possible. That way, you get
exactly what you want and need for your router.