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August 18, 2017

Routing Wood with a Router Template

Routing Wood the Easy Way

 

Routing wood with a plunge router and router templateRouting wood for wood inlay requires using a router in a controlled manner. One of the challenges of using a wood router is making sure that the spinning router bit stays within the desired area to be cut. Using a router template is a great way to ensure that the woodworker is able to maintain cutting accuracy. As a result, routing wood with a template can also greatly improve  efficiency and production in the woodworking shop.

 

Making the Router Template

 

Routing wood with a router templateThe woodworking video shows how the router template is easily made by using a scrap of 1/4 inch MDF. The design of the diamond veneer is transferred onto the MDF by taking a sharp pencil and outlining the pattern. Next, a critical measurement is taken into consideration. We measure from the cutting edge of the router bit to the outside edge of the router guide bushing. This measurement is now added to the outline of the diamond that is now on the MDF. This newly created outline is then cut out on the band saw and becomes our actual guide for routing wood. (Cut just shy of the line and clean up the cut with a file.)

 

Routing Wood with the Plunge Router

 

Routing Wood - Bandsawn router template guide.Using double stick tape is an easy way to secure and align the position of the router template. Set the depth of the router bit just shy of the wood veneer to be inlaid. The next step is simply routing wood with a plunge router that has a straight bit. Cut along the outside edge of the template in a counter clockwise direction. Once this outline is cut it is then time to “hog” out all the remaining  wood within the template.

 

Using Chisels for the Final Cleanup

 

Routing wood with a router template - Gluing & clamping.Once we are finished routing wood with the plunge router, it is then time to remove our routing template. The outer points of our diamond pattern need to be further defined. We now take a straightedge and a pencil to outline the points and then proceed by using sharp chisels to clean up the remaining wood. Finally, we can test fit our diamond wood veneer inlay. When we have our perfect fit, we can continue with the glue up and clamping.

 

 

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Using a Router for Wood Inlay

Using a Router to Inlay a Compass Rose

 

The woodworker is using a router in this woodworking article to create a recess in mahogany. This recess will house a compass rose veneer that was previously sliced on the band saw. Now, a Dewalt DWP611PK compact plunge router with a 1/4 inch straight router bit is used to cut a recess to house the veneer.

 

The techniques demonstrated by the woodworker in this article are basically just for practice. He is simply testing to develop a strategy for when it becomes time to actually inlay the compass rose veneer. Practicing woodworking in the shop is a great idea. It’s a good way to develop confidence in one’s skills. We all know that it is better to make a mistake while practicing rather than to make an error on the actual woodworking project

 

Laying Out the Compass Rose

 

Compass Rose - Bandsaw Resawing - Using a RouterThe first step for the woodworker is to outline the compass rose on the mahogany. This is simply done by tracing a pencil line around the compass rose veneer. Then the layout lines are cut by using the straight edge from a combination square and scoring the lines with a sharp utility knife. The cut lines are then penciled in for better visibility.

 

Using a Router to Make the Plunge Cut

 

Using a Router for Wood Inlay
When using a router to make a plunge cut for wood inlay,  it is necessary to “zero in” the router bit. What this means is that the router is adjusted so that the bottom of the router bit is at the same level as the router’s base. Next, the router bit can be adjusted for the depth of the plunge cut. Since the thickness of the compass rose is 3/32″, the bit will need to make a plunge cut of 1/16”.  This will allow the compass rose to extend above the surface of the mahogany by 1/32″. This is an ideal amount for scraping and then sanding so that both surfaces can become level with one another.

 

A Compact Plunge Router with LED Lights

 

When using a router to freehand the pattern, it is critically important that the woodworker takes his or her time. We want to make sure that the router bit maintains the cut within the scored lines. One beautiful feature of this DeWalt plunge router is that it has LED lights to illuminate the cutting area. This makes life so much more easier and that much more enjoyable for the woodworker.

 

Routing Closer to the Lines

 

Using a Rotory Tool for Wood InlayAfter the woodworker is finished using the compact router in this demonstration, he then uses a Foredom rotory tool with a 1/8″ bit to rout closer to the lines. As you can see, the rotory tool is in a shop-made wooden base. Afterwards, hand tool skills are required as chisels and a mallet are used for the final cutting of the recess.

The compass rose wood inlay veneer is now fit into the mahogany. The next step is to carefully glue this veneer into the recess.

Watch more YouTube woodworking how to videos online.

…Your comments are welcomed…

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University


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