Router tools, also known as Router Drills, are typically used in woodworking for a range of jobs but can also be used to work on acrylic and a small number of other materials. Routers can be both handheld or table-mounted and can also be mounted to a computerised table for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine cutting.
Where are Router Tools used?
A specialised tool used for trimming and decorative edging work, routers can also be used for joinery, hollowing and for flattening uneven pieces of wood. Handheld routers sometimes referred to as Plunge Routers, allow the user to set a cut depth before use to ensure precision and let the user focus on keeping the tool level and steady.
Features of Router Tools
- Routers, like drills, are a chuck-based tool and most often require a spanner to change the router bit.
- Router bits come in a range of shank sizes, most routers come with two separate collets to accommodate different bit sizes and must be used with their respective bit sizes for safety. Always ensure the correct collet is used for the bit in use.
- Different shank sizes are often dependent on the use of a bit as large long-cut pieces or flattening bits will require a larger shank for added strength in use and smaller detail work bits will often have a smaller shank.
- Tool bits come in a range of shapes for straight edge work, detail edging and flattening as well as more specific jobs such as a dovetail cutting bit for dovetail joints.
- Router bits can also come with a built-in bearing guide that can be used against the material being cut or against a cutting jig or template for accuracy and speed.
Which router tool is best for you?
When selecting a router, also check the router power and refer to the manufacturer's guidelines on the cutting ability for safety purposes to avoid failure of the tool and to make sure you get the best end product.