Half Blind Dovetail Jigs

Router Techniques

The least expensive to buy and the easiest to set up are the many half-blind dovetail jigs. No matter how wide or thick the wood is, you clamp it into the jig, run the router through both pieces at once, and get equal-width pins and tails that are rounded to fit into each other at the back. This is the very institutional-looking joint that is often used to assemble drawers for kitchen or other production cabinets. The trickiest part of this one is to get the two parts offset just half a pin in...

Routing An Edge Joint

Router Techniques And Different Joints

The first step in preparing any edge joint is to joint the edges of the mating boards. Suffice it to say here that this is an operation you can do easily with the router. Details arc found in Jointing with a Router on page 188. But you can joint most boards more quickly and accurately on the jointer, and there's no reason why you shouldn't use the jointer if you can. But a router can help you do a special job of the fundamental woodworking task of edge-joining two or more boards to make a wide...

Woodworking With The Router

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Reverse Ogee And Astragal Draw

When routing any molding, work with a broad piece of stock if at all possible. The extra width gives you something to hold on to, something for hold-downs to bear on. And because the cut is backed up by the excess stock, the wide stock is less likely to break up as you rout it. After completing the profile, rip it from the stock. Don't riskdam-aging your profile by trapping it between the saw blade and the rip fence. Instead, orient the good edge so it will be to the left of the blade, as shown...

Adjustable Finger

Angled Compound Finger Joints

At the upper end of the flexibility-complexity group you'll find the Leigh jig. which has loose fingers that you can adjust. The fingers slide across the jig and back on two steel rods. The fingers can be arranged in an almost infinite number of patterns and spacings. This actually is a template system, though glorified somewhat by the fact that each set of fingers has a side for guiding the cutting of pins and one for guiding the cutting of tails. You can set the jig to produce wide tails,...

Horizontal Router Table

Homemade Horizontal Router Table

Brought to life as a mortising machine, this router table does a whole lot more than mortising. The router is mounted horizontally, so the bit's axis is parallel to the table surface. It's perfect for any operation that, performed on an ordinary route r table, would require you to balance the workpiece on edge, including Cutting dovetail pins for sliding dovetails Grooving the edges of straight, flat boards Raising panels with a vertical bit Routing architectural molding with tall face-molding...

Overarm Pin Router Plans

Overarm Pin Router Plans

The pin is another guide device used in router woodworking. It is positioned in the same axis as the bit, either above the bit in the case of a table-mounted router or beneath it in the case of an expensive over arm router. As the work or more often a template attached to the work rubs against the pin. it controls where the bit cuts. Tips on using the pin router arm can be found in the chapters Template-Guided Work and Rabbeting. This accessory holds a pin directly A pin routing artn is...