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Router Bits can save your Wood Shop Space and Time

Updated on September 4, 2009

Router Bits Can Save Your Wood Shop Space and Time

Router bits are great tools but most of the time the user does not use them to their fullest potential. Most wood working enthusiasts use the router bits to shape a fancy edge or add a complex outside shape that increases the quality of the final project, but this is not the only use router bits can be used for. With the proper router bit design and a few simple techniques you can replace bulky machinery and use your router bit to do a plethora of jobs. It may take you a little longer than using the bigger tools, but the job you do with the bit router can rival anything that a larger tool can produce

Router bits are great in respect to routing clean edges. You might want to test the router bit depth on a piece of scratch wood first to make sure that the depth you set your bit router will be the depth you want on the finished product. Simply use a sharp router bit and run the router in a counterclockwise direction around the edge that you are working on. When running the router bit in a counterclockwise motion, the machine will naturally move toward you instead of away from you and this will make for a safer, cleaner cut.

Your woodshop cannot be without a router and a good router bit set. It is one of the most versatile tools in the woodshop and is an addend to your tool collection. With the proper bits you can mill stock for joints; make decorative veining, even contemplate raised door panels. All you need is the right router bit and a little practice and you can sell some of the specialty tools you have because a router and the proper router bits will replace the expensive, space hogging equipment that you have cluttering up your shop.

Your router bits are dictated by what job you want to do. A spiral router bit has sharply twisted flutes for chip removal. You can easily clean out any debris in your cut or you can use an up ut for mortising and a down cut to cut completely through the wood. The slotting router bit is great for T molding and with the ball bearing technology; it is great for cabinet work. The flush trim router bit is a great tool to trim laminate whether on countertops or if you are just working with a single piece of laminate.

If you play your cards right and learn the techniques of proper router use, you can have more space in your wood shop as you get rid of the machines that take more time and are more expensive. With the proper router bits and router, you can shave time off your project and at the same time shave wood off your stock with an experts touch and great aesthetics. Router bits, with the proper technique, are a must have in any work shop. They virtually last forever and will probably outlast your router's motor.

The router Bit drawer Cabinet
The router Bit drawer Cabinet

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      Continental DIA 7 years ago


      Nice information about router bits I agree with your post

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      Ken Schulte 8 years ago

      Thank you!

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      guymclaren 9 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Brilliant idea, I agree that the bits are one of the most important items in a workshop that uses a router

      You can visit if you like, to see what I have to say

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      jack 9 years ago

      that is a really great idea! i will be doing this for sure.

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      Cilantro 9 years ago

      Oh wow, I need to try this sometime! It never even crossed my mind.

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      Laine 9 years ago

      Thank you for posting this information.

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      Arindam 9 years ago

      it was pretty informative and the video is good too

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      Lady 9 years ago

      This was very informative. Thanks for the info.

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      tim naser 9 years ago

      this is a really cool thing to do!

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      TEJAS 9 years ago

      The best article about router bit I've ever read.

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      Ayesha 9 years ago

      Thanks for providing information about how to use Router bits o their fullest potential.

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      Amy 9 years ago

      Never occured to me to use router bits in this way. This will save alot of money and space in the garage.

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      cprchic 9 years ago

      I had no idea there was so much to know about router bits! Thanks for the information!

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      dp 9 years ago

      Nifty idea.

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      cindy 9 years ago

      that is a really great idea! i will be doing this for sure.

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      Tony 9 years ago

      I'm always looking for ways to conserve space in our garage, and this is a good idea to free up more work space. Thanks for the good advice.

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      Empress 9 years ago

      That's a great idea! Organized and east to find.

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      J Phillips 9 years ago

      Good info - thanks

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      Steve Austin 10 years ago

      Very informative, thank you