DIY Tips: Beginner's Tips For Using A Router
If you have invested in a router but still haven't built up the courage to take it out of the box, here are some beginner's tips to give you confidence and get you started on your first router project.
I have posted several articles that cover the topic of what a router does and how to use a router, but I am positive that they are plenty of ladies - and guys - out there that have gone out and bought a router, or picked one up on special offer, and still haven't taken it out of the box. I understand where you are coming from. We all start out in the same place when getting involved in all types of DIY projects and we all have to build up our confidence in using tools and the various techniques involved.
Step 1: Take it out of the box
You are not going to get very far if you don't take the tool out of the box, and while you are at it, take out the instruction manual as well. Even a quick read through the instruction manual will give you a better understanding of how the tool works and what it can and cannot do. And remember, you might need to read the instruction manual again, later on, so keep it in a safe place. And that applies to all the instruction manuals that come with any power tools you buy.
Step 2: Know what the tool is used for
If you have bought a router and have no idea what it is used for, you won't really understand how the tool works and what it does. Towards the bottom of this page, we have included several helpful videos that show exactly how a router is used and also some basic instructions on setting it up and changing the router bits. You will even find a simple project that you can do to gain more confidence in using the router.
Step 3: Buy the router bits you will need
There are many different types of router bits that can be used in a router, but for this aticle, we introduce you to using different profile bits - router bits that provide a decorative edge on your projects. As you become accustomed to using these bits, you will then want to move on to bits that cut grooves or rebates, slots and so on.
Step 4: Setting up a router for the first time use
When you are setting up your router for the first time, you need to insert a suitable router bit. There are all different types of router bits and each will give your project a different profile or decorative edge. Watch the video below for fitting router bits - and this will generally apply to all models and types of routers.
5. Make sure to rout in the correct direction
When you are using a router for the first time, using it in the right direction can be confusing. After undertaking several DIY Divas workshops on routing, I know for a fact that quite a few people are confused by this and many are routing in the wrong direction. If you do not rout in the correct direction, you risk the chance of losing control of the router, spoiling the edge or chipping and ripping of corners.
Always remember to work AGAINST THE ROTATION OF THE ROUTER BIT.