Things a Wood Router Can Do

Things a Wood Router Can Do

My love for patio furniture got me interested in woodwork that quickly turned into another passion. I’m delighted that there are so many woodwork tools available on the market today. All these nifty machines make creating various complex and beautiful wooden pieces an easy task.

My most favorite tool is a wood router. If you are interested in this craft and still don’t have this particular piece of equipment, you are definitely missing out. I suggest you go here and check out the reviews of the best wood routers to choose one for yourself.

These machines are really amazing and extremely versatile. You’ll understand my fascination with them when you see how many tasks they can perform.

  • Making perfectly smooth edges.
    Cutting a piece of wood to create a smooth and even edge is extremely difficult, especially if the piece you want is narrow. If you use a router, you will get a perfect result every time. It doesn’t matter whether the edge you need is straight or curved, a high-quality router will do the perfect cut you need and replicate it as many times as necessary.
  • Decorative molding.
    My most favorite feature to play with is shaping all kinds of beautiful and intricate moldings. If you are a real master of the craft (or just a very stubborn guy, like I am), you will be able to use your router to create elaborate beaded patterns that look amazing on baseboards and doors. Of course, mastering this particular skill will take a while, but if you have the tool at hand, you will be able to succeed with some practice. There are quite a few online video lessons on this subject you can learn from.
  • Cutting dadoes.
    Do you want to make cabinets? If the answer is yes, you will definitely need a router to make dadoes (slots or trenches used to invisibly support shelves in cabinets). You can cut a dado in a piece of wood by using the straight bit of your router. Note that not all wood routers come equipped with this particular detail. Therefore, you will need to keep this in mind when shopping for the tool. A router makes cutting dadoes extremely easy. I can assure you from personal experience that it won’t be as easy to cut them with other tools. Dadoes aren’t exactly necessary for affixing shelves, but they provide the strongest fixation.
  • Carving out rabbets.
    Rabbets are grooves cut into the edge of a piece of wood. They are mostly used to create jabs on doors or casement windows as well as on the sides of bookcases. Combining them with dados creates strong joints. Wood routers can carve rabbets of varied width to meet your exact needs.

A wood router is actually capable of many other things as your manual will definitely say. I recommend studying the manual very carefully as this is your best helper for mastering this machine. In fact, you should always have it on hand when you start working with a router. This way, you will have the correct instructions right before your eyes.