Category:Router Tables

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Router Tables

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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To use any of the tools listed on this page, you are required to complete the testing program described here. You should get training or equivalent experience at the Asylum or elsewhere before testing.
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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • ABSOLUTELY NO gloves, rings, bracelets, or other items on your hands or fingers, as these may get sucked into the blade
  • An attached vacuum is required while using the router table

Safe Operation

  • Check the infeed direction and outfeed direction for sufficient clearance for all stock before starting cuts
  • Always ensure that the fence lock is engaged or the fence is removed before making any cuts
  • Set the fence depth by unlocking the fence lock, sliding the fence until it has the desired clearance from the bit, and then locking the fence again
  • Set the height of the router as appropriate before each cut
  • Adjust featherboards to your workpiece height and depth whenever possible
  • Always start cuts by resting pieces firmly against the table and fence and pushing them through the bit from right to left
  • If your workpiece is charring, the cut is either too heavy or the bit is too dull
  • DO NOT attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running.
  • Only clear the blade and table of loose pieces of material after the blade has come to a complete stop

Common Maintenance Operations

  • Install new bits by using the arbor and collet nut spanner wrenches specifically intended for the router

Allowable Materials

  • Only wood and plastic (no metal) may be cut on the router Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • No moldy or wet wood
    • No treated/painted/finished wood
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions

Additional Information

Rockler has a respectable article on basic use.

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