- Create a customized baseplate to help you with measurements, specifically when working on dados. Starting with 0 at the base, you can include a change at an interval between a constant difference among the measurements.
- With a starting ramp and an exit ramp on the template, following through with the entire cut becomes much easier to practice.
- While making sleds, you’ll notice that many of them seem to have a subtle problem with producing misaligned joints, specifically due to the base. To produce a rigid one with strong joints, you’ll need to add a board at the front of the sled, while including two top boards that bridge over the workpiece.
- You could use clamps while cutting tenons, specifically utilizing a thinner bit for the router, to get the rail looking efficiently cut.
- Over 40 degrees the milters on the table saw seem to find it more difficult to be cut. The alignment of the blade produces a burnt edge of sorts. If this is a regular occurrence for you when trying to cut a milter, try using a chamfer bit, which are perfect for cutting above the 45-degree limitation.
- To make chip-free dados, consider down-cut bits. These usually push down the chips to make a smoother cut out of the wood.
- Wider boards are hard to flatten if they won’t even fit through your table. Getting two guideboards situated onto your wide board, along with installing a large-diameter bit on your router, and you’re ready to tackle this problem.
We’d like to provide a few safety tips before you start working on these lovely fascinating new techniques:
- Wear safety glasses while protecting your ears with a guard.
- When interchanging a bit for another, do unplug your router, or simply switch it off.
- Feed the food counter-clockwise, always, never climb cut, especially if you also want efficient cuts.
- Overloading the router or simply forcing the bit into it will cause problems in the long run
- Using push blocks, make sure your arms are farther from the action.
- Take lighter cuts, heavy cuts tend to incite larger chunks of kick back.
- Make sure all the locking devices, bits, clamps, etc. are in place before you switch the router on.
- While starting the router, to help resist the initial motor torque, hold on to the machinery tightly.
- Avoid operating electrical routers in humid, moist, or wet areas.
- Keep the machinery well maintained, replacing bad parts early on.
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