Share Your Best Guidance About Routers and Routing

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  1. ChicknPickn

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    I've just picked up a router for the first time in 10 years. The first thing I did was route out the traditional neck pocket of a pine body to accommodate a humbucker.

    I have to say that when I turned on the motor, I was reminded of a couple of incidents from way back. In one case, a slab of ash flew across the room and put a dent in a metal garage door. Another time, I tipped over a trim router and the bit came within an inch or so of my palm. I've caught myself once or twice starting to adjust the bit depth without unplugging the beast.

    Having said that, I thought that some of our skilled router users might share their Top Five, or even Top 10 tips about using these powerful tools. I'd never used one before coming to TDPRI, and I'd certainly never had any lessons.
     
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    As a novice router user, I’m watching this thread with interest!
     
  3. Novatuc

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    Be careful, they can ruin your day quickly. One thing I do to make routing safer is I use a foot pedal switch to start and stop, then I can have both hands on the machine when I turn it on.
     
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    1. After you have stopped your cut, don’t move or let go of the router until it has stopped spinning.
    2. Make sure it is switched off when you attach power
    3. Disconnect from power every time you make an adjustment
     
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    You should read the list of router safety rules and keep both hands on the router.

    Safety Tips for your Router (woodcraft.com)


    Make sure your work is secure to your work bench.
    Wear Safety eyewear and a dust mask.
    Keep fingers away from the bit.
    Unplug when changing bits and making depth adjustments.
    Don't try and do stuff you know is risky.
    Hog out the wood with a drill press and clean up with the router if you can.
    Buy good quality bits as you get what you pay for with router bits. Think Whiteside!
    Avoid climb milling.
    Make or buy a router table.



    Read this thread:


    Let's make a body ! | Telecaster Guitar Forum (tdpri.com)
     
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  6. Mjea80

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    +1 for not taking your hands off the router until the bit has stopped.

    The slightest move when taking your hand off could sent the router bit into the stock and that could jam the bit… many things could happen after that.
     
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    Don't bite off more than you can chew.( How do I know?). Easy does it...Be careful my man...
     
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    full concentration and a solid grip..... rout with intent..... they are the scariest hand tools to use...

    I'm an experienced metal worker who has used all manner of big scary machines/tools.... and do carpentry with power saws, etc...

    routing gets my FULL attention....:eek::twisted::D
     
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    I never used a router, but finally took the plunge because I needed to route a neck pocket a little deeper.

    If doing this, resist the urge to do it without support for the router. I made a quick jig and the job was a piece of cake.

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    And +1 to not moving or lifting the router until it has completely stopped. I violated this rule and made a small gouge in the side of the neck pocket. Thankfully, it doesn't show with the neck installed.

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  10. trev333

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    I use a trimmer to do my pockets, I make a bigger base to use for more stability....

    my big 1/2" machine seems a bit over kill for pockets .

    router base sanded.JPG
     
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    a good set of Forstner bits to hog out most of the material before you even get your router out....;)
     
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    Be careful about direction when edge routing, or following an outline. Bit on the right of the cut pulls it in to the cut; on the left it tends to bounce off. On the other hand, bit on the right (or pulling router toward you) is less likely to chip, so if you have a power stock feeder (guessing you don't- who does?) or are taking a very light cut, it can be the best way to go.
     
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  13. trev333

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    think of a router as a vertical Planer and only try to shave as much material in a pass as you would with a hand Plane...or an electric planer for that matter...:D
     
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    Keep your fingers outta there. I learned that the hard way.
     
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    I think this is one of those times where "pics or it didn't happen" does not apply.
     
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    My mantra, whether it be power tool or hand tool(*), is "if it slips, where's it going to go?"

    First corollary is "If it feels unsafe, it is unsafe: time to back off and reconsider the job."

    * I've done more damage to myself with a utility knife than anything else. So far.
     
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    Ahh... It doesn't look bad at all today.

    In 1997, I took off off the end of my left ring finger (my main bending finger!) on a router table at work. The nail was gone and it was shredded pretty good, but the ER doc did an amazing job sewin' it up and the nail eventually grew back. The finger's a little clubby and it's sensitive in cold weather, but it functions fine. If you look to the right of the nail, you can see a couple of the "spirally" scars.

    20210916_181041.jpg
     
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    The only advice I can add to the tips others have offered is, don't get too comfortable. My accident occurred after I'd used routers and router tables for several years and I just got careless. I was actually a lot more careful when I was inexperienced.
     
  19. Willy-son

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    Sell the router and leave it to a professional.
     
  20. trev333

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    slide 2 bearings onto the pattern bit shaft if you can, sits on the pattern better ,, :)
     
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