Router Table Class


5 Lessons

186 Enrolled


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The router table can be used to shape and finish wood by creating edge profiles, dados, or rabbets. These lessons cover the operation of the JessEm Mast-R-Lift Excel II Router Table in the Pier 9 Workshop, but this information is applicable to most router tables.

This class is a part of a greater course series covering Advanced Wood Shop safety and basic use. These classes will prepare you for any fine woodworking project and give you the skills to dimension all solid wood stock.

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Lesson 1: Getting Started With the Router Table

The router cuts a profile on the edge of a board. This lesson goes over the anatomy of the router table, as well as basic safety and best practices.

Lesson 2: Cutting Bits and Bit Adjustments

Choose from a variety of cutting bits to find the proper shape for your job.

Lesson 3: Fence Adjustments

Adjusting how far the bit sticks out past the fence will determine how deep into the workpiece the bit cuts.

Lesson 4: Conventional Vs. Climb Cutting

This lesson goes over the important differences between conventional and climb cutting.

Lesson 5: Operating the Router Table

How to run the machine and a few more tips and tricks to get you the best results on the router table. This lesson also includes a free PDF download of this class to use in your shop.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!