The router is one of most versatile power tool in your shop and is a must have for any woodworker. Watch this woodworking video and learn a number of router techniques from our master woodworker, George Vondriska. George starts with buying advice, covering the various types and sizes of router – from tiny trim routers, to 3 plus horsepower behemoths, to battery powered routers. You’ll know what these routers are used for and how to pick the right one for your woodworking needs. Features such as variable speed, soft start, and fixed and plunge base designs, are covered. You’ll also learn about router bits, including insert tooling, bearings, and shank sizes. George also introduces the basics of using a router; mounting bits properly, setting depth of cut, securing work on the bench, starting your cut, feed direction and stopping your cut. The video describes more advanced techniques, such as inlay work, routing dadoes, flush trimming plugs, edge joining large boards, climb cuts, and cross cutting long panels. Finally, George covers router and bit maintenance, including sharpening a router bit.

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  • Robert Campbell

    George – Please tell me the names of the cleansers and lubricants you used for the router bit maintenance, and the product used to make the router base glide smoothly over wooden surfaces. They especially interest me, because they are not aerosol based. I live outside of the United States, and it’s not permitted to take aerosol-based lubricants in ones suitcase on the planer.

    • Customer Service

      George says “The products I used were made by Empire Manufacturing. You can find it under this name
      “Empire Manufacturing TOOL-6D The Complete ToolSaver System” on”.

    • Customer Service

      Thanks for your question. George says, “The products I used were made by Empire Manufacturing. You can find it under this name.”Empire Manufacturing TOOL-6D The Complete ToolSaver System” on Amazon”.

      • Robert Campbell

        Thank you again, George. I never would have found them on Amazon.

  • Robert Campbell

    After measuring the shelf thickness with calipers, you don’t tell the audience the resulting measurement. And then you use a spacer + template bush to set the jig width – this presumes that one has a bit of scrap handy that is exactly the right thickness to set the jig. Why didn’t you just add ¼” (difference between bit diam and bush O.D.) to the shelf thickness measured on the caliper, and use the caliper to set the jig opening? Say the shelf thickness was 11/16ths, you just set the caliper to 15/16ths, and use the caliper to set the opening on the jig. Your jig is great – but the demo was less clear!

    • Customer Service

      Thanks for all your great questions Robert! George said “I didn’t provide the thickness of the shelf because that number will change every time the jig is used. The important part of the demo is how the jig gets set. The scrap used as a spacer needs to be made using a planer or surface sander.
      Setting the jig with calipers would also work”.

      • Robert Campbell

        Thank you, George.

  • Bruce mayfield

    Who makes the router bits with replaceable cutters?

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Bruce. This style of router bit is generally called insert tooling. Google “Router Bit Insert Tooling” to find manufacturers who do this. The bits used in the video were made by Amana and are part of their Nova system.

  • Stacey Kizer

    George, great video for us beginners.

    • George Vondriska