Routers are probably one of the most versatile tool in your workshop. Add a tables and router jigs and the functionality of the router rises exponentially! And there is always a need to store those expensive router bits. We have a few that will get the job done.
An edge guide helps you accurately make dados, grooves, and rabbets in wood panels. With the addition of a fence, this versatile jig also assists you in cleanly trim edges flush to the face of a panel, a shown in the picture.
Nothing beats the elegant simplicity of the box joint. But because any inaccuracy multiplies with every finger, no joint tops a box joint for fussiness of construction. Until now. This jig provides fast setup with repeatable precision, and can create a variety of joint sizes. We will also show you how to use it.
A simple, no non-sense design. Given how specialized the tools are for pocket-hole joinery, some woodworkers have balked at using the technique for projects. Nowadays, the dedicated jigs for drilling ...
For this special issue on routers, we asked a trio of seasoned router experts to share shop-made jigs they have found super handy over the years. We will provide the plans for each, and also show how theyâre used. Add to that a healthy dose of expert wisdom along the way. We start with a Two-Part Router Jig by Pat Warner. Next is a Multi-Hole Doweling Jig by Patrick Speilman. Last but not least, Finger-Saving Push Sticks by Carol Reed.
Here is a no nonsense router jig that helps you trim solid-wood edging perfectly flush with plywood panels. No more heavy sanding and no risk of sanding through the thin plywood veneer. The jig base and handled fence enable you to safely keep the router stable and square on the workpiece.
Say goodbye to rough and irregular edges the next time you cut a circle or ring. And, using the extended base of the trammel for added stability, as shown at right, you can detail an edge or rabbet the back of a cabinet without fear of the router tipping. Cut perfect circles from 15 to 48 inches in diameter with this workshop made accessory.
When you are template or freehand routing, a fence-mounted dust port does no good. So for those situations, Todd DiOrio of Pennsylvania designed this dust hood. Todd says, It can be mounted anywhere on the table, and is secured at a single point in a T-track so it easily pivots to the best position.
Using inexpensive MDF, hardboard and pine material, you can create a cabinet that offers great storage for router bits, bushings, wrenches, safety gear and anything else you use with your router. The cabinet can also be easily hung in a convenient location, like the side of your router cabinet or on the wall.
Hanging picture frames and mirror frames, shelves and plaques with keyhole slots can spell trouble if they are not exactly the same distance from the top of the project. Build this routing jig to fit your router base, and perfect alignment is just a pair of plunge cuts away.
Here is a jig for routing bookcase or cabinet-side dadoes that exactly match the thickness of your shelf stock. No special bits are needed. Just use an ordinary straight bit and a guide bushing.
In its horizontal configuration, this router table is great for mortise and tenon work. A crank makes vertical adjustment convenient and accurate. For operations requiring traditional vertical orientation, the router table converts quickly without tools. The same crank that adjusts the vertical table now raises and lowers the plunge router.
Increase the capacity of your tablesaw and router by combining them in one accommodating twin-cabinet design. The advantages include a larger tabletop, ample onboard accessory storage, and dedicated ...
See instantly what profile each of your router bits create by building this handy bit display with matching profiles. You can sit the bit support on your workbench or build the optional wall mount and secure it to a vertical surface. The bit support measures eight inches long but can be lengthened to hold more bits and profiles.
These two cutoff guides, a 4 foot and 8 foot, handle a range of workpiece lengths and help eliminate chip-out. You can make both guides to custom-fit your circular saw and router from a single sheet of 1/2 inch plywood.
An open-and-close shop tool designed with you in mind. Count the features of this fully loaded router table, and you will quickly conclude that you have to have one. For starters, the table flips up ...
When David Riel needed router-bit storage close at hand, he built this organizer and attached it to the side of his freestanding router table. Whether you attach it to your router table or to the wall, this handy storage unit, with its four pull-out.
When your router accessories have scattered around the shop like chips flung from a panel-raising bit, corral them in the drawers and cabinet of this virtually indestructible router table. You will...
Project designer and builder, Jim Treece needed a router table, but quickly discovered he did not have room in his garage for another large stationary tool. His solution was this telescoping table that slides down to fit under a work counter when not in use.
This modular router-bit storage system fits into any drawer and easily grows to meet your expanding bit collection. There is room for wrenches, guide bushings, and even one large block drilled to hold rotary-tool bits.
While building a dresser, we had to do a lot of flush trimming on the solid-wood edging that dresses up the plywood panels. We needed a foolproof way to get the job done. A handheld router with a flush-trim bit works, but it is easy to accidentally tip the router and gouge the edging and plywood. We solved the problem with the router-table-mounted fence.
This project is a must in your shop and you can put it together in a weekend for less than $100 plus the cost of your own wood. Its fence adjusts in a flash and locks into T-slotted mini-tracks with...
We showed you how to make the end cabinets and the sturdy laminated top for the workbench, in Part 1, the Full-Service Workbench, 31-MD-00058 sold separately. Now, with the basics out of the way, lets...
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