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This week’s woodworking skill builder is Router Basics, Tips, Tricks, and Buying Advice.I talk about bit direction, different types of routers, depth adjustments, types of bits, buying bits, tearout, and lots of buying advice from my past experiences.. I really can’t wait to see what you create! Let me know what you’d like to see next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
Tools Discussed in Video
Bits and Bits: http://bit.ly/BitsBits USE CODE JKATZMOSES15 for 15% off
Dewalt DW618 Kit: https://amzn.to/34T0UV3
Makita 18v Palm Router: https://amzn.to/36VqI4L
Bosch Colt Palm Router: https://amzn.to/2Q5JiAU
Triton 3 ¼ hp: https://amzn.to/2p4UToV
JessEm Router Lift: https://amzn.to/2NWMexh
Kreg Router Plate for Triton Router for cheap router table: https://amzn.to/2K8fu2T
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The Katz-Moses Woodworking Apron: https://lddy.no/stir
I have Walnut Slabs for sale: https://lddy.no/stj0
Buy the Katz-Moses Stop Block: https://lddy.no/stiz
BitsBits is the BEST place to buy router bits: http://bit.ly/BitsBits USE CODE JKATZMOSES15 for 15% off
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Woodworking Joint of the Week Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWpKyJXgeoFGIa10WFuigwV3EE57MvXDS
Tool Tune Up Thursday Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWpKyJXgeoFE0TH2Dnn8-aY5jC7VlTRog
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Tools I love:
The Katz-Moses Woodworking Apron: https://lddy.no/stir
My Favorite Dozuki Saw: https://lddy.no/stit
My Favorite Ryoba Saw: https://lddy.no/stiv
Marking Gauge: http://amzn.to/2nlXLuQ
Marking Knife: http://amzn.to/2nm39Ok
NEW Suizan Flush Trim Saw: https://lddy.no/stix
Stanley Sweetheart Chisels: http://amzn.to/2mVMTkF
Knew Concepts Fret Saw: http://amzn.to/2FUDbYZ
Dewalt Planer Package: http://amzn.to/2thEf6O
Forrest 10” Combo Blade: http://amzn.to/2Fdaee3
Festool Tape Measure: http://amzn.to/2oS3cjD
Starrett 6” Combination Square: http://amzn.to/2oP3dVw
Woodstock 3 in 1 Shoulder Plane: http://amzn.to/2FgAS1A
Stanley Low Angle Jack Plane: http://amzn.to/2oV4I4O
Dewaxed Shellac Flakes: http://amzn.to/2FeqqYh
Abalone Inlay :https://amzn.to/2rjMTxe
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5 Minute Epoxy: http://amzn.to/2FijsSa
Triton 3 ¼ hp Router (with built in lift and edge guide incl): https://amzn.to/2LBw3Go
Kreg Router Plate: https://amzn.to/2A7oVNC
Triton Bushing Set: https://amzn.to/2A7pSpa
Bosch 1 HP Colt Router Set With Fixed and Plunge Base: https://amzn.to/2mHP1wY
Bosch Edge Guide: https://amzn.to/2uRRKs2
Bosch Bushings Set: https://amzn.to/2JUNRYb
Centering Cone: https://amzn.to/2OjgOAf
MY CNC MACHINES (I highly recommend both)
Bescutter Laser’s Website: http://bit.ly/bescutter
Avid CNCs of all shapes and sizes: https://bit.ly/3cdKdqA
Camera Gear:
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30mm Macro Lens: https://amzn.to/2GJXtTT
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Gimbal: https://amzn.to/2s9ZV0F
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50MM f/1.8 for those tight shots: http://amzn.to/2tpAoVm
10-18mm Lens for the wide shots: http://amzn.to/2FZrhNM



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  1. Have watched tons of videos on routers but didn't you recommend in one of your videos a little plastic handheld device where you could measure the depth of your router bit when using a palm router? I have looked and looked for this link and cannot find it. Thanks for your help.

  2. You are correct – I am terrified of my Router. It came out of the box, and I had a quick look, and have not plugged it in yet. I am still trying to work out what is what on the all the attachments. There appears to be scaffolding stuff to put around the router????? and long rods??? totally baffled!! Thank you for doing this fabulous video, I think I may have worked it out now , thanks to your video.?

  3. Deciding between the Skil RT1322, DeWalt DW618PK, and Bosch 1617EVSPK router. Have a 2001 Porter cable router 7529 and it is so so so so lovely! I need some advice. Don’t like the plunge base router handles on the Bosch, the DeWalt has issues with its variable speed, and the Skil has been made of cheaper materials. Which one would closely resemble my Porter Cable router I have now?

    I like the lights, digital readout, the collect lock for bit changes on the Skil. I like the heavy duty-ness of the DeWalt and it looks easy to use. I like the reviews about the Bosch and what people say about it.

    I dislike the plastic indicator on the plunge base for the Skil. I dislike the DeWalt’s faulty variable speed knob and the two wrench bit change. I dislike the two wrench bit change on the Bosch and the plunge base handles.

    Leaning towards the Skil, but I just am concerned about the quality.

    My Porter Cable router is in my router table right now and it would be great to just leave it in there rather than undoing bolts and latches on my homemade router lift. Have one router dedicated to my router table and another router for portability around my garage/shop.


  4. Great video thanks, some really useful info – Most of my router bits are 1/2" and the majority have that "K" line to mark the maximum protrusion that the bit can be at in the collet, one thing that you may be able to help with is, how tight should you tighten the collet? I would have thought it is possible to damage the collet if you overtighten, but what is a good "feel" (i.e. without a torque gauge) to get a safe compression? Thanks!

  5. Great video. I was considering buying the battery powered palm router with the plunge base but after watching this, going with the medium duty. Thanks!

  6. So there will possibly be a point when you'd need two beefier routers for table and by hand? or do they detach from the table easy enough to just swap back and forth.
    obviously it would depend user to user.

  7. I know the standard advice with bits is to buy a basic set and see which ones you use the most, then upgrade those. But Have a basic Ryobi set and it doesn't include spiral up cuts or down cuts; and the bearing for a flush trim is suspect. I am adding the Dewalt to my Christmas list this year to replace my old, underpowered Black & Decker and would lit too out fit with a few high quality bits to start off with so I can do some basic template work and routing, like routing grooves for t-track. I also plan to upgrade shortly after that to get a router table and lift. Do you have a recommendation on the most basic bits that meet most everyday project needs? (I checked Bits & Bits and they don't have a basic "starter kit." which would be nice. Thanks.


    P.S. Lovin' your apron.

  8. I love my Bosch 1617 router that’s 2 1/4hp it’s got a micro adjustment in the fixed base that can be used in a router table without needing a lift like the triton

  9. This is a great video, so much info and advice. I'd have gone for a palm router first but now know to go for a medium router as my first router. Thank you.

  10. Just saw this video after watching a few of your other videos. Thankfully I bought the 2 1/4HP Bosch Fixed/Plunge router kit with the fancy edge guide first time around. My thinking was more along the lines of not wanting to buy the cheapest only to realize I needed more later. Glad I did after watching this!

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