Contents

Introduction ■ vii

The Motor 1

The Collet 4

Speed Control 5

The Base 8

The Baseplate 10

The Assembled Package 12

laminate Trimmers 16

Your Need to Know 17

Bit Lingo 18

Carbide-Free Bits i 9

Just Starting? 23

Interchangeable Cutter Systems 24

Shank Size 25

Using Bits 26

Bill's Bit Case 30

Bit Care 30

Setting Up 33

Work Loads 37

Safety 38

Feed Direction 40

Jigs and Fixtures 42

Router Maintenance 43

Dust Collection 43

Custom Baseplates ■ 47_

Baseplate Materials 47

Upgrading the Mounting Screws 48

How to Work Plastic 49

Sources for Plastics and Hardware ... 51

Clearing the Throat 52

Fence-Rider Baseplate 53

Offset Baseplate 54

Router Table Design - 56

Design Alternatives 56

Materials and Construction 58

Constructing the Ideal Top 59

Keeping That Top FLAT 60

A Router Mini-Table 61

Beneath the Tabletop 62

Mounting the Router 62

Bit Storage 62

Dust Collection 63

What Router to Use? 64

Not in My Router Table! 65

Electrifying! 66

Cabinet Router TableB 68

Horizontal Router Table ■ 74_

Horizontal Savvy 78

Router Table Accessories ■ 80

Starting Pin 80

Stand-Alone Bit Guards 80

Fence 84

Split Fence 87

Sled 90

Pin Router Arm 91

Rouler Table Savvy ■ 94

Changing Bits 94

Setting the Bit Height 94

Choking Up on the Bit 97

Controlling the Workpiece 97

Using a Starting Pin 99

Fixing the Fence 100

Special-Duty Controls 103

Is a Table-Mounted Router a

Shaper? 106

Rouler Bench" 109_

Scaling Your Bench 110

Shop Math 113

Decorative Treatments "115

Profile Bits 115

What Pilot? 123

Edge-Routing Techniques 124

Magic on the Edge 127

Routing Trim for Furniture 127

Architectural Moldings 132

Template-Guided Work - 139

Three Setups 139

Making Templates 144

Routing along a Template 151

Feed Direction 151

Inlay Basics 151

Joinery Cuts 156

Pin Routing 160

Routing Curves and Circles ■ 162

Circle Trammels 162

Router Table Circle Work 169

Overarm Pivot 170

Oval Cutting 171

Penciling In the Profile 179

Template-Guided Cuts 179

Surfacing with the Router - 183

Flush Trimming 183

Jointing with a Router 188

Thicknessing 192

Shaping Surfaces 197

Frame-and-Panel Construction ■ 200

Making Frames 200

Making Panels 206

Raising Panels with a Straight Bit 212

Making Architectural Doors and

Windows 214

Working Laminates "219

The Material 219

Cutting Laminate 219

Trimming Laminate 220

Offset-Base Laminate Trimmer 224

Routing an Edge Joint 252

Splined Edge Joinery 255

Biscuit Joinery with a Router 258

The Less Elegant Solutions 260

Tongue-and-Groove Joints 261

Shiplap Joints 263

Special Joinery Bits 263

Dadoing and Grooving ■ 225

Hand-Guided Through Cuts 225

Fractionating Baseplate 230

Grooving with an Edge Guide 233

A Homemade Edge Guide 235

Cutting Denticulated Strips 236

Grooving the Work's Edge 237

Router Table Through Cuts 238

Stopped Cuts 239

Bit Choices 241

Mortise-and-Tenon Joints 11 267

The Basic Process 268

Hand-Routed Mortises 269

Designing the Joint 270

Table-Routed Mortises 276

Routing Tenons 281

Hand-Routed Tenons 281

Routing Laps 286

Edge-Laps 293

Rabbeting with a Piloted Bit 244

Rabbeting with a Straight Bit 245

Stopped Rabbets 245

Wide Rabbets 246

Dealing with Chip-Out and

Tear-Out 247

Rabbeting an Assembled Box 248

Deep Rabbets 249

Custom Rabbeting Baseplate 250

Rabbeting Curved Work 250

Dovetail Joints ■ 295_

Half-Blind Dovetail Jigs 295

Keller Templates 302

The Leigh Jig 303

Precision Positioning Systems 304

Porter-Cable's Omnijig 305

Routed Tails, Hand-Cut Pins 305

Sliding Dovetail Joint" 308

Cutting the Joint 308

The Half-Dovetail Rabbet 312

Drawers with a Different Dovetail... 314

Breadboard Ends 316

Splined Miter Joint" 31 7

Flat Miters 317

Edge Miters 320

Box Joint'324_

The Box-Jointing Jig 324

Template Guide-Centered Jig 327

Dovetail Splice 328

Using the Jig 329

Swinging Fingers 329

Spline and Dovetail Keys ■ 330

Making the Jig 330

Slotting on the Table 332

Swinging on a Template Guide 333

Splining a Frame 334

Hand-Routed Slots 333

Fitting the Keys 336

Index-338

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