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Friday, August 12, 2011

Router 101: The woodworking router for beginners

Getting started using your router.

Videos for the total beginning woodworker. In part one you'll learn basic techniques for using your router. It should be enough to get you up to speed and comfortable enough to move on to your first project: part 2: a simple picture frame.





24 comments:

  1. Very nice !.. I like the profile on the frame...I use the router alot, but im going to have to make that frame, it had a good look to it..

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  3. cool video, lol that miter gauge was tiny what is that from?

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  4. Haha...that little miter gauge is from my disc sander. I actually use it on that.

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  5. Steve: good basic router video. A couple of things you should point out for safety's sake. 1) When installing any bit, bottom it out in the collet and then lift it up 1/16" - 1/8" before tightening. The avoids any chance of the bit loosening up while in use. 2) Also when you are coming into a spinning bit freehand you should use a starter pin and swing the work into the bit. Or flush your fence with the bushing and run along the fence. It's all about safety!. Bruce (Wood Chuck)

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    1. This was a picture frame video, not a router safety video. Everyone is so critical these days.

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  6. I don't mean to be negative the video was very good ..... just don't want anyone to get hurt.
    Bruce (Wood Chuck)

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  7. @Steve Wow two videos! What else can anyone say? You made my Ryobi I have like yours feel loved. It is sitting on my workbench right now.

    Don't hassle the Hoff!

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  8. Best picture frame ever.

    I cant decide if I like the video or the picture more.

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  9. Being disabled and a newbie to woodworking I found your videos really helpful. The picture frame project looks great and can't wait to give it a go.
    I have started experimenting with a table router as it enables me to use the router without having to hold it.
    Keep up the great work.

    Regards
    Merv
    Sydney Australia

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  10. As always, great videos. And two for the price of one. I already have the wood prepared so tomorrow is picture frame day. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I bought my router 2 month ago, but to be honest this is going to be my first try. I'll keep the video running along with the work, as if i was taking an on line course. If you don't mind, I'll use a Chuck Norris picture instead...

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  11. Thank you very much. You are really a smart boy.
    Thanks from Costa Rica.

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  12. Steve,
    You know that I normally don't pick on your videos or about safety issues. But I can't help it this, only because this video is aimed at getting people to leave theur comfort zone and try something new. Which is great! as long as they don't get hurt/ And I know the last thing in the world you would ever do is something thaat would cause someone to get hurt. But remember the old saying, Monkey see, Monkey Do.
    Do you remember a short time ago you had a problem with a router bit coming loose on you. And you found out that it was from bottoming out the bit in the collet. Old habits are hard to break. Also check out your cord management, perhaps you meant to put the cord over your shoulder so it would be out of the way. One more thing and I'll quit picking on you.
    When using the Roman Ogee bit, that was a huge amount of material for one pass. even when there is a bearing on the bit I like to take a number of small passes. It's just easier on the Router, the bit and ends up being a nicer finish with less sanding.
    Remember these observations are only my opinion, not meant to ruffle any feathers, I still enjoy your work.
    Taigert

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  13. Steve,
    Sorry I didn't proof read the comment before I posted it. I was off sick today and am not up to my normal standards by the looks of things. As a matter of fact, I am sitting here in my shop looking at all the things I should be getting done at the moment in stead of playing with my laptop. But deep down inside I know full well that I have no business palying with my toys tonight the way I'm feeling.
    Thank God for common sense sometimes.

    Taigert

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  14. Always enjoy and appreciate the videos. I've learned much. I'd like to know what kind of coffee you prefer...

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  15. Great video... I've been wanting a router and table for some time... I've been making picture frames for awhile now... and my friend and family love them... but without a router. Anyway... wonderful vid.

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  16. Awesome video, I followed the steps and made my first frame. It has a great look to it! I plan to make some as gifts as well. Thanks Steve, keep up the good work.

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  17. It is hard to picture how a frame will look before you make it, but this came out great. Nice work.

    PS... get yourself some of these paddles. http://www.amazon.com/DELTA-37-108-Push-Blocks-Jointers/dp/B00004TQG4/ref=zg_bs_552826_9
    A pair of those will save your fingers when routing profiles.

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  18. Steve, tools do not make a good woodworker. You have proven that, I have learned a lot from you and I have been messing with this since about 1995. Keep up the good work. I have an extra set of push paddles in my shed. I will be sending them to you. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  19. I've had a router table sitting in my garage since Christmas because as you said, it is a little intimidating. After watching your videos I feel ready to rock it! Thanks for the videos!

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  20. fantastic video - thanks!

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  21. first you say the bit spins clockwise then you say it spins counter clockwise. as we know it spins anti clockwise. and you should feed from the right to left. you go left to right ?????

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  22. This is great information, thanks’ for share!

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  23. Great videos, both of them. Nice energy from you. Nice balance of info, teaching and humor. Just got first router. Will do picture frame as first project. Thanks very much.

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