Router Bits can save your Wood Shop Space and Time
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.