How to Use a Garden Router
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How to Use a Garden Router

Using a router is your key to decorative designs, cuts, and custom work that can not be easily done with other tools. Though we should start out reading the manual, you will find your router is moderately easy to operate once we get started.

Using a router is your key to decorative designs, cuts, and custom work that can not be easily done with other tools. Though we should start out reading the manual, you will find your router is moderately easy to operate once we get started.

First, I would recommend reading the manual, it will outline basic safety, operations, and important warranty information that may be pertinent later.

When selecting a router for your work, the first thing to influence your decision will be power. The more horsepower in your motor, the more heavy duty action your router will be capable of working with. Your router should be at least 1 horsepower for personal home use. That said, don’t overkill, we’re not turning pro quite yet.

Choose a router with a clear on and off switch. Whenever you work with power tools it is important to be aware of its features and its cut off points. Always wear fitting clothes, gloves, and goggles when working with powerful tools. Larger routers are more versatile, but around a quarter inch should be fitting for most uses.

Here are more tips for operation:

1. You can use a router table if you are working with a movable object.

2. When making straight lines, use the edge guide. Even if you have steady hands, this function is designed to help ensure parallel lines.

3. You can use a pilot bit or guide bushing to ensure that you are staying on your path. Measure twice before making any permanent or crucial decisions with your router.

4. Clamp your router so it doesn’t move or shake while you are using it, this has ruined many jobs for less experienced users.

5. Oil your blades if suggested by your manual after use.

6. Always store power tools unplugged. This is especially important if you have children or pets around your workspace at any time.

7. Use templates to create the designs you are looking for, tracing is much easier than freehand, just like artwork by hand.

8. Tighten any loose bolts or screws.

9. Clear the area around your workspace to reduce the risk of bumping accidents.

10. If you are having trouble working with wood, upgrade your power router to easily cut through the task you require.

Respect the strength of your router, and practice with it. New tools require time investment before you really get comfortable using it to precision.

 

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