A wood router is a tool used to hollow out an area of a piece of wood. It’s typically used for making cabinets and is commonly used as a plunging tool. Wood routers can add a profile to an edge, cut dovetail joints, and more. They’re versatile and useful in almost any wood project.

This article will discuss how it should be used to maximize its capability.


Different router bits will allow you to apply a broad variety of shapes to the edges of your workpiece. However, if they’re not installed into the collet of the wood router the right way, they can’t cut properly. A bit that’s incorrectly installed will chatter (excessively vibrate) which could lead to a rough profile or worse, to a more dangerous result. For your safety, install the router bits correctly by making sure they’re secure.

Step #1: Secure your material

You wouldn’t want to chase down your material across your work area, would you? Before using your router, make sure your clamp your material in place. But this is just one of the methods. Usually, a clamp can get in the way of the wood router and needs to be repositioned in the middle of the work. The other method is to utilize a router mat that can provide an excellent non-skid surface. Place your project on the mat, and you won’t have to deal with interfering clamps throughout the process. Wood router mats are available at almost any woodworking store or home center.

If the mat is losing its grip or at least it seems so, you can just rinse it with water to remove the dust attached to it.

Step #2: Wear protective gear


Don’t grab your router yet! Wear eye and ear protection before doing anything with your router. Wood routers can be loud which may lead to permanent ear damage. And, of course, I don’t have to emphasize the significance of wearing protective glasses when using handyman tools.

Step #3: Move the router in the right direction



To be safe while using your router, you need to go in the correct direction. When you need to rout the outside edge of a board, go counterclockwise. Going in the right way will prevent the wood router from climb cutting and moving away from you. Likewise, if you’re going to hollow out the inside edge of a frame, you should go clockwise.

Step #4: Begin at the right spot

If you have to rout all four edges of a wooden board, ensure that you make cuts in the right order. Begin from the end grain. As the router bit leaves the end grain, it might slightly crack the adjacent edge. Don’t worry; when you hollow out that edge, you’ll automatically clean up any damage.

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