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Tips On Choosing The Right Router

Wood working is a complicated craft and it takes a lot of equipment and effort for even a simple wood working project to be finished. One of the most useful devices in this field of art is the wood router. Read on for tips on how to choose the best router for your project:

What is a wood router for?

The first thing that pops into millennial minds when they hear "router" has to do with computer networks. This router, however, is different as it carves out a portion of wood so it can be shaped to the wood worker's desire.
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There are many kinds of routers:

Plunge router

A plunge router is specially designed for interior cuts. It comes with a lock that triggers the router to move up and down in plunging the center of the cut when unlocked.

One feature that makes the plunge router different from other wood routers is the fact that it has a variety of speeds that can be used for different router bits. The plunge router also comes with a scale that can help ensure the accuracy of the wood's height.

Trim router

The trim router is one of the kinds of routers that are handheld. While it is mainly used to laminate work, it is now increasingly being used to cut small wood pieces. This wood router comes with a few sets of bases for bevel and offset cuts.

Fixed-Base router

If you are looking to make interior cuts, do not use a fixed-base router. While adjusting the height is relatively as you only need to rotate the motor in the equipment's base, the motor cannot be brought down into the cut as long as the base is intact.

Combination router

A combination router lives up to its name as its base is indeed a mix between the fixed-base and plunge routers. This particular router, however, is mostly used only in cases that need a bigger router though some buy it as it would be costlier the two previously mentioned router models separately.

There are lots of other things that need to be considered in buying a wood router:

Think of the router bits used with the model For the beginners in wood working, wood routers actually make use of cutting accessories called router bits. These router bits are available in many profiles, each of which produces a different shape for the cutting edge. For example, the edge-forming bits are designed especially to make decorative carvings on wood like the Cove bit which carves a concave quarter-circle.

The problem with routers is that not all router bits will be able to fit a particular type. So if you are looking to make a wood working project with a particular cutting shape or design in mind, then you may have to find something that fits the bit you want.

The best and sturdiest routers are on the pricey side.

Just like almost any product in the market right now, the best wood routers are more expensive than others. While performance should always be the biggest consideration, the fact that you will be spending a lot for the device may give you pause.

To compromise between the price and performance, do know that the routers that belong a price range of $120-$190. Of course, to ensure the quality, check the reviews of the router brand and model you are eyeing so you will know the experiences of other users.

Consider the horsepower needed

If you are aiming to use the wood router for light work like shaping edges, then small motors will suffice. If not, always go for the bigger router.

Make sure that the router base is solid.


A key feature to the success of any wood working project is that the materials and equipment used are of decent quality. In the case of wood routers, check if the router base is stable enough so it will not rock once you are already working on your project. To test this, set the router on a solid surface and try to move the router around. If you feel that it does not stay level and there is a possibility that it may collapse or tip over, you may want to look for another model.