Why Router Table is an Essential Tool to Have?

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Why Router Table is an Essential Tool to Have?

A router table is a powerful tool. A router table is an essential tool in woodworking projects of all kinds. It can also add a new dimension to existing projects. It is versatile enough to make any woodworking project a success. A router table can be used for different purposes. It is primarily wood when it is being used for a project. But, when it is taken off it becomes furniture. Let's see why a router table is so important for woodworking projects.

A Router Table's Usefulness

Here are some of the top reasons to use a router table.

  • It's versatile and has flexible edge profiles.
  • This tool can follow templates.
  • A router table can be used to do dado-and-groove cutting.
  • It features raised panel doors constructed with precision joinery, rounding over, and wood-graining.
  • You can find tables in both large and small sizes.
  • Many accessories can be added to a router table.

How to use a router table for centering edge-to-edge joints

You can create solid tabletops or large panels by using the center-edge-to-edge joints technique. You can even make the edging run around the router tabletop. Let's take a look at an actual example of oak edging on an MDF Router Table Top. The top is 11/8" thick, while the oak edging measures 1 1/8".

  1. First, choose the correct tongue size and use a 1/4" slot cutter. Keep in mind that your tongue must not be more than twice the length of the slot cutter. The tongue thickness should be less than 1/2 inch. This is why we'll use 1/4" depth of cut in this example.
  2. A tongue of less than 1/2 inch is required for this task. The rabbet should be no more than 5/16" on each side1 with 1/8" pieces
  3. To make a 1/4" rabbet, place the rabbet bite on top of it. You shouldn't take more than you need in your first pass. You should initially set the depth at 1/8". You should also place the fence according to the bearing of your rabbet bit.
  4. Next, cut the top and bottom sides of the top. You can go as far as you like. You must ensure that your workpiece remains flat on top of the router table.
  5. This stage will determine the thickness of your tongue. You should adjust the depth of your cut if the thickness exceeds 1/2 inch. A router lift will make it easy.
  6. You will now adjust the top and bottom parts and rout them again. The thickness of the tongue will decrease to 1/2 inch.
  7. The rabbeting bit will be replaced by a 1/4" slot cutter in the next phase. This change requires that the power source is cut off.
  8. You will now place the rabbeted part on the router tabletop. It is located near the slot cutter. You will then need to lift your router to align the slot cutter's underside with the bottom of your tongue.
  9. This step will ensure that the depth of your cut is kept at 3/16". Then, slot the oak edge, flip it over and slot it again. You should also check the slot on your tongue to make sure it isn't too tight. If the tongue is too tight you'll need to make two passes with your slotter.
  10. The second pass of the cutter will not be used in the slot is cut to 1/4". This will ensure that the center slot is perfect for fitting on the tongue. You can also adjust the depth of the groove once the slot is fitted onto the tongue. Remember that glue will not be allowed if the final depth is greater than /4".
  11. Final depth is achieved by setting the fence. You should make two passes with your slotter. This will give you an exact fit.

What are the possibilities for a router table?

These are just a few of the many things you can do when using a router table.

  • Box joints
  • Rabbets
  • Biscuit joining
  • Slot cutting
  • Round over
  • Fluting
  • Glue Joints
  • Mortising
  • For strong joints, lock miters
  • Architectural moldings
  • Joinery by rail and stile
  • Panel raising
  • Tongue and groove joints
  • Finger joints
  • Sign up
  • Multi-beading
  • Hanging bits
  • Mullion cutters
  • Laminate trimming
  • Face framing bits
  • Dovetail joinery


You can get lost among the many accessories available. You can find almost any type of accessory or tool you need for your project. A router table is more of a blessing than it is a problem. It is portable and can be used anywhere in your home. Use it to your advantage and make your project a success.

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Janet Stevens By, Janet Stevens
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