Woodworking Essentials: Advanced Techniques for the Router

By Nick Engler
Pages: 41-48

From the August 2004 issue #142
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The router is an amazing tool that can mimic many of the other tools in your shop, including the table saw, the shaper, the jointer and even the planer. But it’s also capable of amazingly delicate profile work, complicated joinery for any type of furniture you can imagine and shaping perfect circles and ovals. For the truly creative woodworker, the router is an excellent tool for making intricate inlay work normally performed by skilled hands alone.

Two things make these and other advanced router techniques possible: jigs and specialty bits. I’ve devoted more space than normal in this chapter to some of my favorite router jigs because of this. Spending the time to make one (or all) of these fi xtures will open up a new world of opportunities for you. I’m sure you can quickly think of many other ways to use these jigs for your woodworking than just the techniques I’ve mentioned here.

From the August 2004 issue #142
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