For the creative woodworker, DIY wood routers are a must-have item in their tool box. They lend themselves to a number of applications, both practical and purely aesthetic and rather than just being called upon to do a particular job, they can even inspire enthusiastic home handypeople to come up with new projects.
Ask anyone who owns a DIY wood router and they’ll tell you that they can spend hours in their workshop or garage playing with wood and turning humble planks of lumber into attractive pieces of molding, picture frames and other interesting items.
Save money and derive great job satisfaction
At its most practical, a DIY wood router is a vital tool for repairing those beautiful wood floors that have started to look a little worse for wear. The router is used to cut slots so that damaged sections can be easily removed. Imagine doing that by hand. Would you even bother?
For that reason alone, routers allow a home handyperson to do the job themselves instead of paying big bucks to call in the professionals, who are really only using a similar tool anyway. Invest in the ownership of the tool, instead of paying for someone else to come in and use theirs.
Plus, you can turn regular furniture into veritable works of art by creating decorative edges on cabinets, bedheads, chairs and tables. Turn your hand to making raised panels to apply to the fronts of drawers and doors or even for skirting boards, kickboards and chair rails.
Aside from the fantastic range of uses you’ll enjoy from your DIY wood router, before you even buy one you should familiarize yourself with their safety aspects, how to use them safely and which kind is best for the jobs you expect to be doing. Visit a tool retailer and ask someone to show you what’s available.
DIY wood routers can’t just be bought, taken home, unpacked and used straight away, unless you know how they work and how to attach the various jigs. Also, depending on the hardness of the wood you’ll be using, you’ll need to know which speeds to use and what your router can handle.
Plunge and fixed routers
DIY wood routers are available in two styles; plunge and fixed. The fixed base ones feature a cutter head that is secured to the base of the tool and it uses an up and down movement and a locking dial.
Plunge routers feature a head that’s mounted on a spring-loaded column. Once the bit is activated, it then plunges downwards into the wood. Each style has its own specialties so make sure you have a good idea of what you’ll be using it for before you buy or you might need to go back for the second later on.
If you want to get right into DIY wood router usage, you’ll eventually start dreaming of a router table, which will make your jobs easier and no doubt spur you on to routing greatness! Router tables help to keep the wood firmly in place while you work it, and all at a height comfortable for your height.
You can get heavy duty tables that stay put all the time in your workshop or garage, or there are various folding models available that you can put away when not in use, or take with you to work sites.
Once you get started with DIY wood routers, you’ll be surprised at the speed at which you’ll become a craftsman, not just a handyperson. No doubt you’ll enjoy taking on new projects that you hadn’t anticipated being able to do, and before you know it, you’ll be hooked.