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Make Wood Designs with a Power Router

Updated on April 25, 2017

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A Power Router 600 with support grips is a safety first Router. Always use both hands and safety goggles while running a Router.
A Power Router 600 with support grips is a safety first Router. Always use both hands and safety goggles while running a Router. | Source
Always keep both hands on your router for safety. Remember that a Power Router is not a  toy.Serious injury can occur if this equipment is misused.
Always keep both hands on your router for safety. Remember that a Power Router is not a toy.Serious injury can occur if this equipment is misused. | Source
Words carved into wood is a cinch to do if you have a steady hand and a power router ready. Also, a wood burner can be used to add shading to wood carved items.
Words carved into wood is a cinch to do if you have a steady hand and a power router ready. Also, a wood burner can be used to add shading to wood carved items. | Source

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A Cravin' for Carvin'

A power source is needed unless you own a cordless router, saw and wood burner.

It is important to make sure that the wood that you will be working with is sanded very smoothly. Also, make sure that you are wearing safety goggles at all times when using a power router. Always clear the work area including the floor of any materials and trash that can interfere with the use of the router. Safety is always first when working with any power tools whatsoever.

It is advisable to use a pencil to draw out the design on the wood before you do any actual cutting. If you use the pencil on the wood instead of an ink pen, if you need to change the design, the pencil is erasable. Depending on how thick you want the lines dug into your wood design will determine the size of the router bit that you use. When you decide on the wood that you want to use, the type of design and who it's for will determine what size router drill bit is needed for the job.

A good comparison to what this is like would be to compare using a router to a tattoo artist. You are tracing over the pattern that is already in place. The difference is we are cutting wood vs. placing ink into a person's skin.

Having a steady hand is a must when using the power router. Remember, if you mess up on a piece of wood. It is a good possibility that you will have to completely start over with a new piece of wood. Keep some scrap Draw straight lines with a pencil before carving with the power router.

Patience is needed when working with this power tool. You can't go too fast when using this very powerful tool or you again run the risk of messing up your project not to mention, injury to yourself or others. Wear goggles and use gloves that fit well so they do not become a hazard themselves.

You can also use this tool to make holes in the back of the wooden piece that will enable you to hang up your finished design and showcase it in your home. Use the correct bit size depending on the hole that you will be making.

Never let children use the power router as it is a very powerful drill. Also, never use a router that is less than two inches in thickness. The router will just go through the other side or it could even split the wood. Never get someone to hold the wood while you are using a router. The safest method would be to put the wood in a vice grip to do the cutting. If you don't have a cordless trimmer be careful not to cut the cord that supplies the power

Remember, as with any electrical tool, keep it away from any water or any liquid for that matter. Also, never leave the router turned on when not in use. Enjoy fulfilling your craving for carving.

Wood Burners

Wood burners also go hand in hand with routers. There are several ideas for this tool. This tool will make designs like, rays of sunshine or even a flower. It doesn't work near as well as the router but, it will perform different tasks to enhance the project that you are working on. Unlike the router the wood burner does just what it says, the design is burned into the wood.

Its great to practice on paper what your going to attempt on the wood because once you have etched into wood there is no turning back. You can also use a wood burner for darker shading by slightly turning it to the side. And just like a router a wood burner can be dangerous especially because they get extremely hot at the tip and can leave serious and permanent burn scars.

* If you have any tips or stories you want to share with me about routers or wood burners feel free to leave comments at the bottom of this article.

Carving wood Designs

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      Maria del Pilar Perez 4 years ago from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA

      One problem many don't consider is the type of wood and its condition. I've worked with hard wet wood and it created too much resistance that it began to smoke!

      You've exposed people to a wonderful and practical art-form in a very professional presentation.

      Cool.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      This looks fun! I haven't tried a power router yet, but I have the woodburning tools and love using them. The router would take that to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I love woodworking! I took a course in woodshop at our local adult education school a few years ago and I learned how to make so many wonderful pieces. I have a router, and have used it many times to create some really nice things to give as gifts.

      Very interesting Hub. Voted UP, and will share.