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5 Top Tips for Router Table Success

The router table is a very important, innovative tool for woodworking and do-it-yourself projects. In many shops, it is indispensable. In this issue of Kreg Plus, we’ll walk you through a few key tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your router table.

Rout in the Right Direction Header
Rout in the Right Direction When you’re routing on a router table, the rule for a router table is simple: always rout from right to left. This becomes second nature after a while, but may seem backward at first, since it’s opposite from the direction you use with a handheld router. Routing from right to left on a table, though, ensures that you’ll get good results and maintain control of your workpiece.

Set Up Your Fence for Success Header
Set Up Your Fence for SuccessA common application to look at is routing edge profiles (like roundovers, chamfers, and coves). The bits that create these profiles all have bearings, which may seem sufficient enough to guide your workpiece. But, it’s actually good idea to use both the bearing and the router table fence to give your workpiece maximum support as you rout. To do this, use a straightedge to set the bearing flush with the front face of the fence. Then adjust the fence faces so they’re as close as possible to the bit, as well.

Match the Table Setup to the Bit Header
Match the Table Setup to the Bit Image Many router tables, such as the Kreg Precision Router Table System and Kreg Precision Benchtop Router Table, have insert plates with interchangeable reducing rings. Be sure to use the ring that most closely matches your bit diameter for the best workpiece support.

Ensure Clean, Accurate Cuts Header
Get on the Band Wagon Routing with a fence requires you to keep your workpiece tight against the bit. Featherboards (like Kreg True-FLEX™ Featherboards) can be a big help. If possible, install one beside your workpiece and another above it. Workpieces have a tendency to lift while cutting, and the featherboards apply pressure to prevent this from occurring, ensuring a clean, accurate, cut.

Back Up Your Cuts Header
Rout in the Right DirectionAs you push your workpiece past the bit at the end of the cut, tearout can occur. This is especially true when you’re routing the end of a piece. To prevent this tearout, use a backer board. You can add a backer board whether you’re using a miter gauge (like the Kreg Precision Miter Gauge) or you’re routing against the fence.

Take Your Woodworking to New Heights Header
Whether you’re just getting started in woodworking or if you’ve been doing it for decades, the router table is invaluable. No tool is more versatile when it comes to creating profiles, decorative moldings, and intricate joinery. The right router table setup and knowing how to use your router table truly can take your woodworking to new heights.

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