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ROUTER OPERATION
sa   BISCUIT JOINT ROUTING
sa   BOX JOINT ROUTING
sa   DADO & RABBET JOINT ROUTING
sa   DOVETAIL JOINT ROUTING
sa   LATHE GROOVING & ROUTING
sa   MORTISE CUTTING & ROUTING
xx   ROUTER

Tips on using a radial arm saw for boring and routing.
AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN Jan-Feb 1966 (v.2#1) pg. 48

Tip: Attach a scrap-wood handle using hot-melt glue. This will protect your fingers when routing small items such as drawer pulls.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER May-Jun 1989 (v.5#3) pg. 10

Router 101. The basic course in understanding and using your router.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #12 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 16

Tips on preventing tear-out when using a router.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #14 May-Jun 1990 pg. 6

Using a router to square up the edge of a panel that is too large for a table saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #15 Jul-Aug 1990 pg. 10

Edge treatments. A summary of basic edge treatments and variations, design considerations and how to work with chamfers, round-overs, coves, and ogees.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #33 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 43

Router safety. A guide to common mistakes to avoid when working with a router.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #33 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 46

Advice on avoiding "fuzzy" splinters of veneer when routing plywood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #59 Jun 1997 pg. 16
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #61 Oct 1997 pg. 10

Chart to determine the maximum safe operating speed of a router based on the diameter of the bit.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #92 Feb 2002 pg. 17

Pattern routing. An explanation of pattern materials, technique, equipment and limitations.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1992 (v.15#8) pg. 61

Tip on using a technique called "pattern routing" to make multiple copies of identical objects (such as wooden rockers).
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1994 (v.17#8) pg. 26

Tip on using a router for duplicating an irregular shape using a flush-trimming bit and a pattern (template).
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1996 (v.19#7) pg. 17

Guide to professional router techniques. Tips on selecting bits, space-saver router table, pattern routing, precision edge trimming, and a shop-built mortising guide.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1996 (v.19#11) pg. Insert

How to do inlay work with a router.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #214 Dec 1980 (v.30#10) pg. 74

Starting out with routers. The basics of using this versatile tool.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #310 Jul-Aug 1990 (v.40#7) pg. 8

How to rout straight, square edges using a ball bearing trim bit and a straightedge.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #343 Nov-Dec 1993 (v.43#10) pg. 8

Trick for table routing the ends of narrow boards uses a push board.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #351 Sep 1994 (v.44#8) pg. 41

Tip on using double-faced carpet tape and an extension stick when routing small pieces.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #359 Jun 1995 (v.45#6) pg. 16

Two methods for getting accurate depth settings on a router.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #361 Sep 1995 (v.45#8) pg. 19

How to route the edges of oak across the grain without chip-out.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 74

Tip on preventing tipping when routing the narrow edge of a board, box, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #389 Jun 1998 (v.48#6) pg. 25

Tip: Use a carbide-tipped pilot bit and a router to cut out the plywood sheathing from door and window openings.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 28
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #53 Apr-May 1989 pg. 18

Pattern routing exterior details. Production-line methods for fabricating balusters, finials, pergola roof, etc. incorporated into a deck addition on a Tudor house.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #89 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 76

Horizontal crossfeed end-boring jig converts a tilting-table drill press into an end-boring machine that will handle work pieces up to 38-in. long. Also facilitate drilling multiple holes without removing work from the jig. Can also be used horizontally for various housing and routing operations. Constructed mostly of wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #13 Nov 1978 pg. 72
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #16 May-Jun 1979 pg. 8
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 14

Routed signs. Use an overhead projector to transfer sign layouts to wood in preparation for routing. Includes tips on freehand routing.
FINE WOODWORKING #15 Mar-Apr 1979 pg. 72

Tip: How to route all around the edge of a piece of wood without getting too much tearing or ragged cuts.
FINE WOODWORKING #30 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 22

How to joint wide planks using a router equipped with a flush-cutting spiral trimmer.
FINE WOODWORKING #32 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 14

How to route wide moldings on a Shopsmith set up in the drill press configuration. A shop-made jig serves as a guide that lets you go slowly enough to get a clean cut at 5500 RPM.
FINE WOODWORKING #34 May-Jun 1982 pg. 85

Tips on surfacing crosscut slabs to a uniform thickness using either a planer or a router.
FINE WOODWORKING #44 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 16
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #46 May-Jun 1984 pg. 20
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #48 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 18

Machining backwards. Tips on using a power feed to "climb-cut" on a router, shaper, etc. Climb-cutting and power-feeding will eliminate almost all machining rejects.
FINE WOODWORKING #44 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 47

Tip: How to route a groove just slightly wider than your bit when using a template.
FINE WOODWORKING #55 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 12

Tips on using a router to make raised-panel doors.
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 14

Shaping with a router. Using jigs, a large router, and standard router bits and ball-bearing pilots to shape 12/4 and 8/4 stock.
FINE WOODWORKING #93 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 44

Technique for routing stopped grooves for inlay strips using a table-mounted router.
FINE WOODWORKING #111 Mar-Apr 1995 pg. 12

Prevent tearout when routing drawer fronts by making the cross-grain cuts first.
FINE WOODWORKING #122 Jan-Feb 1997 pg. 30

Routing safe and sound. Seven tips to keep your hand-held router under control.
FINE WOODWORKING #129 Mar-Apr 1998 pg. 70

Introduction to the use of a router.
HARROWSMITH COUNTRY LIFE #119 Dec 1994 (v.19) pg. 69

What can you do with a router? A description of how to do edge-trimming, plane an edge, flute legs, mortise, and make intricate dovetail joints with a router. Includes a chart of accessories.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #593 Oct 1977 (v.73) pg. 134

Tips on using a router to burnish the edges of scroll work pieces.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1972 (v.137#3) pg. 28

Save softwood from being marked by the pilot on a router bit by tacking a hacksaw blade on the edge of the wood.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1976 (v.145#4) pg. 209

Jig constructed from wood for a drill press will allow shaping, routing, drum sanding and jointing.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1966 (v.188#2) pg. 166

How to use a radial arm saw as a clamp for holding routing work.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1970 (v.197#6) pg. 109

Trenching, excavating and ploughing grooves and profiles in wood using hand tools. Looks at plough plane, old woman's tooth, hand router planes, molding router, etc.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #84 May 1995 (v.14#6) pg. 68

Tip shows how to clamp scrap pieces on outside edges of narrow stock that is to be end-routed.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #89 Mar 1996 (v.16#1) pg. 8

Routing profiles with a hand-held router using pilot-guided bits. Five simple steps.
SHOPNOTES #19 Jan 1995 (v.4) pg. 22

Avoiding router table kickback. Some tips on bits and techniques.
SHOPNOTES #21 May 1995 (v.4) pg. 5

Tip on tightening and loosening a router collet using only one hand, but two wrenches.
SHOPNOTES #23 Sep 1995 (v.4) pg. 29

How to rout a square opening.
SHOPNOTES #32 Mar 1997 (v.6) pg. 30

Technique of backrouting to prevent chipout explained.
SHOPNOTES #36 Nov 1997 (v.6) pg. 28

Tip on routing zebrawood and other woods which have a natural tendency to split or chip.
WOOD MAGAZINE #14 Dec 1986 (v.3#6) pg. 98
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #19 Oct 1987 (v.4#5) pg. 12

Two tips for plunging to precise depths.
WOOD MAGAZINE #25 Oct 1988 (v.5#5) pg. 16

Router basics. Five tips to improve your routing.
WOOD MAGAZINE #37 Sep 1990 (v.7#5) pg. 77

How to avoid router burns.
WOOD MAGAZINE #57 Dec 1992 (v.9#9) pg. 76

Eight sure-fire ways to make the most out of a router. (1) Router table fence. (2) Feather boards. (3) Routing small moldings. (4) Zero-clearance table. (5) Pushblock for end-grain cuts. (6) Master stile-and-rail sets. (7) Biscuit joinery. (8) Freehand guard.
WOOD MAGAZINE #58 Jan 1993 (v.10#1) pg. 50

Spotlight on router safety.
WOOD MAGAZINE #71 Aug 1994 (v.11#5) pg. 56
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 10

Tip on making identical 1/4" plywood parts by using a template and a table-mounted router.
WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 6

Get more leverage when tightening or loosening router collets by using only one hand to grip both wrenches.
WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 26

Tip on using a drill bit of the appropriate size to get exact spacing between a router bit and the work piece.
WOOD MAGAZINE #80 Aug 1995 (v.12#5) pg. 24

Tips on the best direction to move the router when cutting.
WOOD MAGAZINE #85 Jan 1996 (v.13#1) pg. 94

Advice on handling bowed stock when table-routing long work pieces.
WOOD MAGAZINE #95 Feb 1997 (v.14#2) pg. 12

How to achieve smooth routed edges by climb cutting (running a router in a clockwise motion around the edge of a work piece). When to make a climb cut and when not to.
WOOD MAGAZINE #108 Oct 1998 (v.15#6) pg. 8

Guidelines on which way to feed a router into a work piece.
WOOD MAGAZINE #110 Dec 1998 (v.15#8) pg. 22

Tip on router trimming of solid wood edges on two panels at one time in order to keep the router from tipping and avoid the need for a special jig.
WOOD MAGAZINE #114 Apr 1999 (v.16#3) pg. 29

Plunge-routing basics and six jigs. (1) Mortising jig. (2) Fluting, slot and dado routing jig. (3) Keyhole-routing jig. (4) Jig to bore a series of identically-spaced holes. (5) Jig for making raised panels. (6) Circle-cutting trammel and template for routing holes up to 6" diameter.
WOOD MAGAZINE #123 Apr 2000 (v.17#3) pg. 56, Insert
Correction WOOD MAGAZINE #128 Nov 2000 (v.17#8) pg. 10 (Keyhole-routing jig)

Technique for adjusting the correct plunge depth on a router without refering to the pointer scale.
WOOD MAGAZINE #129 Dec 2000 (v.17#9) pg. 38

Reduce tearout when routing an edge profile on delicate workpieces by scoring the wood before routing.
WOOD MAGAZINE #130 Feb 2001 (v.18#1) pg. 36

Using templates with straight router bits.
WOOD MAGAZINE #133 May-Jun 2001 (v.18#4) pg. 10

Tip on securing small or odd-shaped workpieces for routing or sanding without the use of clamps or rubber pads.
WOOD MAGAZINE #134 Aug 2001 (v.18#5) pg. 29

Eliminate chip-out when using table saw, router, jointer, band saw, scroll saw, jig saw, and portable circular saw.
WOOD MAGAZINE #135 Sep 2001 (v.18#6) pg. 68

Using flush-trim bits and pattern bits to rout identical parts using a template.
WOOD MAGAZINE #136 Oct 2001 (v.18#7) pg. 32
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #140 Mar 2002 (v.19#2) pg. 8

How to do routing of shallow trays on a drill press or router table. Involves the use of a jig to keep the router bit within the pattern area.
WOODSMITH #10 Jul 1980 pg. 11

How to rout a slot using a router bit chucked into a drill press. Uses a front and back fence to keep the slot centered on edge of wood.
WOODSMITH #10 Jul 1980 pg. 12

Tip: When routing slots using a guide board, and the slot needs to be a "smidgen" wider, attach a strip of masking tape to the guide board and re-route the slot.
WOODSMITH #13 Jan 1981 pg. 3

Tip: How to plane lumber to custom thickness using a router and router table.
WOODSMITH #18 Nov 1981 pg. 3

Tip: How to make a drawer front with a routed design that has four good 90-degree corners.
WOODSMITH #21 May 1982 pg. 3

Tip: Use a piece of plywood as a combination pushstick and stabilizing guide when routing the end of a narrow work piece.
WOODSMITH #25 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 13

Router rotation. A comparison of "down milling" -vs- "up milling" cuts when using a router attached to a router table.
WOODSMITH #37 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 22

Tip: Use a router/router table combination to clean up the bottoms of notches which have been cut with a saber saw.
WOODSMITH #40 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 3

Tip: How to avoid "stepped grooves" when making multiple, ever-deeper passes with the same router bit.
WOODSMITH #46 Aug 1986 pg. 23

Tip: How to "square-off" inside corners left when cutting decorative profile moldings using a router.
WOODSMITH #48 Dec 1986 pg. 15

Techniques to plane thin pieces of wood without a thickness planer. (1) Equip a hand plane with side runners or sole runners. (2) Use a router table and a straight bit.
WOODSMITH #57 Jun 1988 pg. 22

Routing out the recesses for drawer pulls.
WOODSMITH #62 Apr 1989 pg. 12

Tip on routing a large, uniform corner radius on a face frame without chipout problems.
WOODSMITH #71 Oct 1990 pg. 16

Router tips. (1) Feed direction and rate. (2) Preventing splintering. (3) Stabilizing router on narrow surfaces. (4) Routing dadoes and grooves exactly 90-degrees to an edge.
WOODSMITH #73 Feb 1991 pg. 26

Simple memory aid to figure out which direction to move a hand-held router along the edge of a work piece.
WOODSMITH #77 Oct 1991 pg. 4

Tips to avoid burning the wood when routing the end grain of a work piece.
WOODSMITH #91 Feb 1994 (v.16) pg. 24

Backrouting techniques described.
WOODSMITH #106 Aug 1996 (v.18) pg. 29

Tip on preventing wood chipping when routing edges by thoroughly wetting the wood.
WOODWORK #24 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 22

Tips on determining when you are routing efficiently (best feed rate and depth of cut).
WOODWORK #29 Oct 1994 pg. 28

Tip on avoiding collet-related accidents when using a router.
WOODWORK #30 Dec 1994 pg. 24

Tip on using a mirror to improve your visibility during the routing process.
WOODWORK #34 Aug 1995 pg. 12

Advice on setting a router's depth-of-cut.
WOODWORK #37 Feb 1996 pg. 26

Photos illustrate the use of a plunging router in the making of reproductions of Chippendale chairs. Some unique joints for stretcher rails and arm support are illustrated.
WOODWORKER #1015 Jun 1978 (v.82) pg. 250

How to shape moldings and decorative edges using a router. Some tips.
WOODWORKER #1071 Feb 1983 (v.87) pg. 87

Tip on making fine adustments on router fences without moving the fence.
WOODWORKER Nov 1989 (v.93#11) pg. 1077

Backcutting with a router. When and how to use reverse-traverse or back routing to prevent fibre breakout.
WOODWORKER Dec 1990 (v.94#12) pg. 1254

Tip: Use a handscrew to grip the work piece when routing or shaping small parts.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1984 (v.8#5) pg. 56

Tip: Use a router to clean-up saber-sawed cross cuts on panels that are too wide for a radial arm saw.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1985 (v.9#5) pg. 62

How to use a portable router to make drawers, doors. decorative edges and for dovetail joints.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1965 (v.21#2) pg. 48

Tip shows how to route tapered grooves on a drill press, even when the sides are not parallel.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1976 (v.32#3) pg. 69

All about making spiral spindles. Shows how to make them by hand, on a lathe, and with a router.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1980 (v.36#5) pg. 4

An opaque projector is used to produce templates of large letters or numbers. Useful when painting or routing signs, or cutting large letters from wood. Includes tips on routing letters in wood.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1983 (v.39#6) pg. 14

Use an aluminum straightedge and your router in place of a jointer to true up the edge of a board for edge joining.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1988 (v.44#6) pg. 24