Routers: The Best Tool You’re Not Using
A well-equipped router is an indispensable tool for trim work, but which type and which accessories are right for you?
Synopsis: An introduction to routers, this article explains the basic sizes, types (fixed vs. plunge), and uses for routers. There are tips here for safe routing, as well as a guide to the most useful accessories.
It may not have the sex appeal of an oversize sliding compound-miter saw, but in my opinion, the router is the power tool that separates the craftsman from the wood butcher. Outfitted with the right collection of bits and accessories, a router is like a woodworking shop in a box. If you ever have to replicate an odd profile, plow a dado, or simply round over a square edge, your router might become the best friend you’ve ever had.
The problem with routers is that they’re complicated. Choosing the right model from among a dizzying array of sizes and styles is tough enough; deciding which bits and accessories you need (rather than covet)…