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November 21, 2011 by  
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Well Mark has just finished the video section on Router Forums and it looks very good. To check it out follow this link…Click here to see the first video from Harry Sin a member on Router Forums.

More Videos Wanted!!

Next, I would like to ask you guys to think about creating your own video about how to use the router. The more the merrier and yes I am looking for videos from the beginner. Actually I would prefer the beginner as they have a keen interest in learning how to use their router and doing a how to video helps the learning process.

This is an important feature, so what is the process?

1) Take step by step photos of a simple how to process, next

2) Fire up your PC recorder and mic and talk about each of the photos then

3) Add to the photos and audios about the introduction, which has a photo of you in your shop and a brief description of you and your hobby…

4) Send the bunch to me and I will produce your video and

5) Host it up on www.routerforums.com/videos and on Routerforums Youtube channel.

That’s it!

Here are two more videos from Mike McGrath…Check these Cool router tip 1 and Cool router tip 2

This is the kind of stuff that drives me

October 9, 2011 by  
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This is the kind of stuff that drives me, to make these router tips. Thanks Clark for the support and encouragement you have given me via email I greatly appreciate the feedback.So if there is anyone else using some of our tips to create their projects…please comment I would love to hear from you…

Here is Clark’s photo and comments….

Hi RIck:

diagonaldadoJust looked at your last very easy tip. Thanks

I decided to use it to dress up the top of a box I was finishing.

Here is the results.The diagonals are acacia (1/2″ w x 1/4″ t) and the top is pine. Finish is linseed oil, wet sanded.


A Question about Raised Panels…

October 5, 2011 by  
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I have a question from John about making raised panels for a kitchen job….Here is the email question.

Rick,  I am redoing some cabinet doors for a client.  The original doors were made out of MDF on a NC Router.  I do not have a numerically controlled router /table.  I thought of making the drawer fronts and doors out of knotty pine which is inexpensive here.  That sounded good until I measured the raised panel opening in the doors (13″ wide by 19″ long).  How about dividing the raised panel opening into two sections with a horizontal or vertical mullion down the middle of the opening?  What would be your approach?



I have done raised panels up to 15″ wide without any problems. You just need to glue the panels up with 3 to 4″ wide pieces making sure you alternate the grain direction with each new piece added. If you don’t like the idea of making large raised panels then I would go with the 2 panel with the vertical mullion. This choice will make the panel doors look smaller in width and more symmetrical…

Just my 2 cents, does anyone else have an opinion please post in the comment section below.


Making a Straight Inlay…

October 1, 2011 by  
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Just a simple concept…

August 17, 2011 by  
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We are talking about adding a side track or a guide system to your router table…

In my humble opinion, the use of a track that are mounted to the side of the router table at any distance away from the router bit will limit the holding power where it is needed. These tracks are used to mount a table saw miter gauge to the side of the router cutting tool, which is not necessarily safe. The closer you can get the router bit the better.

Now why is the miter gauge better left on the table saw?

The cutting action on the table saw is different than the cutting action on the table mounted router. The saw cuts vertically and the straight router bit cuts horizontally…So what is the difference? On the table saw the cutting action is down through the table giving support as the piece is being cut on the router table the cutting action is to the right of the tool or into the fence, which means that there needs to be support over the top of the straight bit.

SAM_0185-1On the router table it is better to use the guide system and a slot. See Photo of a simple miter gauge using two pieces of plywood, piece of 3/4″ 90 degree to the 1/4″ plywood as the support and the 1″ guide. By the way once on the guide you are always perpendicular to the router bit no need to try and make the 90 degree and any movement will always cut a 90 degree cut to the support material.

You are better to be designing your router table to include a guide system that to try and modify a table saw accessory…The guide system is one of the most important tools for your router and table.

So, what is the password to the video?

August 8, 2011 by  
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So, what is the password?

The password hint was what is the most common router bit? …Click here to watch the free video…use Round Over for the password.

Just touching base to talk about what is the most common router bit? The most common router bit used in the workshop is the 1/4″ shank, 1/4″ Round Over bit. The diameter of the shank of the router bit is 1/4″ and the second 1/4  is the radius of the round over. Why is this the most common router bit? The process of putting a molded edge on your project piece is usually the first operation used by most beginners and advanced woodworkers. And, yes you guessed it the round over bit is the router bit of choice…

Just to see what is your favorite router bit I have built this poll so take a few minutes and pick your favorite router bit.


What am I?

August 6, 2011 by  
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Today the trivia question is about a simple wood joint. This wood joint is used for a variety of different projects from a simple box and the way up to the raised panel hope chest, so what are the features:

1) It is a combination of two simple wood joints,

2) It can be easily cut with the simplest fixture,

3) The fixture is best described as a fixture that has equal sized groove, router bit, and fence.

I have added a twist to this post and given the answer in a separate post that is password protected. To get the password you need to know what is the name of most popular router bit? Here is a hint, the password is two words, with the first word having 5 letters and the second word having 4 letters. The password is also case sensitive…

Click here to find the answer…with the complete “how to” video from the series.

So what is the name of the wood joint? Add your answer in this post’s comment section…

Protected: I am the following Joint…

August 6, 2011 by  
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Bearing Failure Question…

June 29, 2011 by  
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Today’s Podcast is a Bearing Failure Question from JWM…Here is the question.

Hi, I use porter cable routers and as a fan of your show I learned to use a router table. I have never had any router problems until I started using a table. With only limited use with the router table I have started having what appears to be bearing failures. This same problem has developed on 3 different routers. The bearings start to squeal and the shaft starts to tighten to the point I am afraid to use the router any further. Am I doing something wrong or is their something I can do to prevent this from happening?
Thanks for any help,
J. W. M.

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Today’s Trivia is about a wood joint?

June 27, 2011 by  
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Today’s Trivia is about a wood joint?

I am one of the strongest wood joints you can make and yet one of the simplest to make. I can be used on drawer fronts, drawer backs and in sliding joinery plus many more applications. The router bit used to cut the joinery make the channel cut in one pass. The height of the bit set up is under 1/2 the thickness of the project piece. On the project piece we cut a channel and on the receiving piece we cut a pin on either the edge or end and once cut this pin fits into the channel.

What wood joint am I?

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