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Best Way To Use A Woodworking Router For Beginners!


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Best Way To Use A Woodworking Router For Beginners!

A total beginner guide on how to use a woodworking router the best way, which router to buy for specific purposes, woodworking router safety tips, and more!



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  1. I just want to say …that's a nice piece of trim.. Thanks for the video. The kids in my group will be watching this soon. Will post it on Instagram when we do. Then I'll ask them what they want for the next educational tool video.

  2. You should generally set the speed to the recommended speed for the bit, "turn it all the way up" will wear out your router bits a lot faster because they're overheating.

  3. It's nice to have a full-size router, but I have used a trim router to round over the edge of boards for years it has always done the job. But I also have a router table for larger bits like for making cabinet doors.

  4. is there a possibility of kickback with a router, particularly when installed into a router table? are they as dangerous as tablesaw kickbacks?

  5. Thank you so much for doing this video/demonstration. I only have one query – it looks like when you did the test part, you were moving forward and then backward? I got a bit confused with that.

  6. Thanks for the router video. I'm currently turning an acoustic Baby Grand Piano into a Digital one by installing a Digital keyboard into the shell of an early 1900s Baby Grand piano. However, I'm remaking the Fallboard because the Digital Keyboard is deeper than the original keyboard so the old Fallboard doesn't fit. Anyway, I'm no carpenter but I am able to pull things off sometimes. Your video is going to help me as I wanted to round over the front edge of my Fallboard. I'm hoping to learn how to use the router for more things as well. I may not be a newby to power tools but I still learn more with every project I do.
    Thank you again. Having professionals like you who are willing to help those of us who want to learn how to diy is such an awesome thing and so generous of you to share your knowledge and skill.

  7. thanks, great video and tips, I just built my first workbench and just got my first router and jigsaw from the amazon drone LOL, both by Bosch. I'm planning to learn guitar and mandolin building and repair and need all the help I can get. My grandmothers family made musical instruments back in Calabria in the early 1900's, Unfortunately I never got to see any of them but I want to try and carry on the tradition in her memory.

  8. I have recently started woodworking, I really enjoy it. I want round edges on my chair arms and also would like to engrave designs on some of my projects and also to get a professional look.

  9. you say "you're going to wanna make sure you're cutting IN the direction this arrow (on the base) is telling you". Wrong – unless climb cutting.
    The arrow relates to the direction of spin, you cut the other way….
    You actually then cut the other way…

  10. Just a quick note, make sure to route in the OPPOSITE direction that the router bit spins, unlike explained in this video. There is a time and place to climb cut (routing in the same direction) but do not follow the arrow on the router – VCG, you should correct that in the video.

  11. I have that same router, the kit with the plunge base, great deal!
    I usually do a light climb cut first, because if you try cutting with the forward direction of the arrow all in one pass you very often can tear a chunk right out if the grain in the board happens to angle towards the edge.
    Another option is use a larger bearing first, then switch to the smaller bearing and do it in 2 passes if there's any doubt about the grain direction.
    That bearing people have to make sure will ride on the edge of the board, if it's too low or high there's little to stop it from digging right into the board.
    Those bearings need to be checked a lot and lubricated, because they DO come apart, the bearings inside are so tiny, that when they wear out or burn up the whole thing comes apart and you might not even notice until your cut edge suddenly starts veering off into the board ruining it, keep them lubed, let the bearing cool between cuts, dont really PUSH hard against it either. The holding screw can also come loose so make sure its TIGHT!

  12. Just got a router and your video DID subdue my concerns. Got to work safe to make gifts for my granddaughter for years to come. Thanks guys. Merry Christmas 2021!

  13. Thanks Vince. Good introduction. Shopping for my 1st router. I'll be looking at larger units than I previously have. If you happen to see this could you recommend a couple of models? I understand this video was made quite some time ago so I get it if you don't see this comment. God Speed. ScottyD

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