Router Basics, Tips, Tricks and Buying Advice

Router Basics, Tips, Tricks and Buying Advice

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This week’s woodworking skill builder is Router Basics, Tips, Tricks, and Buying Advice.I talk about bit direction, different types of routers, depth adjustments, types of bits, buying bits, tearout, and lots of buying advice from my past experiences.. I really can’t wait to see what you create! Let me know what you’d like to see next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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Triton 3 ¼ hp Router (with built in lift and edge guide incl):
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  1. Dennis Berg on June 9, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Should try the festool router, best ever. But I’m a fan boy of porter cable too

  2. CHUCKYCHUCKYBOBUCKY on June 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Epic video. Thank you. The most helpful part for me was around 9:00-10:00.

  3. Mz Demetria on June 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you very informative video

  4. Falcon Three on June 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Thank’s for the advice on buying.

  5. stu1037 on June 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I have plenty of Simple Green around for cleaning bike parts, so I was happy to hear that it will also be useful for my new woodworking hobby. Do you need to remove the bearings first though?

  6. khanuka mushailov on June 9, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Show us what you do in the "production" side of the business! It would be cool to see

  7. Miranda Rutherford on June 9, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Great advice and explanation of how to use plunge base! Thank you!

  8. Christopher Burrow on June 9, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Great video. Can you do a video like this one but on router tables?

  9. Hugo Niggletz. on June 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    How do i determine the speed of the router?

  10. BorisMakesArt on June 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    How do u prevent the collet breaking? Or how often do u replace it? Also how hard do u tighten it around bits?

  11. Musishoon on June 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Totally random, but this guy sounds just like Michael from achievement Hunter

  12. John Poppen on June 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Great video, I use the keyhole bit alot good for making shelves

  13. Forum and Brim on June 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Best video I’ve seen yet on routing, period. Great job and thank you.

  14. Designer on June 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Haha! I think you’re the Kevin Smith of Woodworkers on YouTube. Love it.

  15. Richard Graham on June 9, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Great video thanks, some really useful info – Most of my router bits are 1/2" and the majority have that "K" line to mark the maximum protrusion that the bit can be at in the collet, one thing that you may be able to help with is, how tight should you tighten the collet? I would have thought it is possible to damage the collet if you overtighten, but what is a good "feel" (i.e. without a torque gauge) to get a safe compression? Thanks!

  16. Gates Lattes on June 9, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the lesson!
    Amazing video.

  17. die Macsmannschaft on June 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    The best advice there is 👍

  18. robert wood on June 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I love my Bosch 1617 router that’s 2 1/4hp it’s got a micro adjustment in the fixed base that can be used in a router table without needing a lift like the triton

  19. Eric Kallon on June 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    If wanted buying those tools how can I get them , I am from Sierra Leone.

  20. S S on June 9, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    By far the best all round Newbie Router vid I’ve watched and I’ve watched a lot, cheers

  21. Steven Collier on June 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I’m surprised at the lack of individual router reviews compared to the infinite number of drill and impact drivers reviews.

  22. Jonathan De Poorter on June 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    This is Jimmy Kimmel’s less famous, but much more interesting brother!

  23. Troy LaDoux on June 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I recently purchased the Bosch MCR32EVSK and it has the built in ability to be adjusted from the both sides; top and bottom. It is a beast for a medium power router and I love the soft start on it. The plunge lever works great and seems robust and the built in trigger in the handle is great. I was initially intimidated by its weight compared to my old, old Porter Cable. My biggest complaint are the plastic dust collection parts (sold separately) they feel cheap and flimsy. My first use was with guide bushings. I picked up the Bosch RA1129 Template Guide Adapter which included the insert for standard, screw on, guide bushings and it worked like a charm and it is tooless. Like I said, dust collection works great but installing the plastic pieces is a real pain.

  24. Beau Raymond on June 9, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    So there will possibly be a point when you’d need two beefier routers for table and by hand? or do they detach from the table easy enough to just swap back and forth.
    obviously it would depend user to user.

  25. Foo S. on June 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Great video, Jonathan. I really needed this.

  26. Daniel Farah on June 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    the triton router is good?

  27. The Lone Power Ranger on June 9, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    This must’ve been pre Biden, costs are more. I’ve been trying to get into some woodwork but prices are crazy

  28. Bill Vannerson on June 9, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I know the standard advice with bits is to buy a basic set and see which ones you use the most, then upgrade those. But Have a basic Ryobi set and it doesn’t include spiral up cuts or down cuts; and the bearing for a flush trim is suspect. I am adding the Dewalt to my Christmas list this year to replace my old, underpowered Black & Decker and would lit too out fit with a few high quality bits to start off with so I can do some basic template work and routing, like routing grooves for t-track. I also plan to upgrade shortly after that to get a router table and lift. Do you have a recommendation on the most basic bits that meet most everyday project needs? (I checked Bits & Bits and they don’t have a basic "starter kit." which would be nice. Thanks.


    P.S. Lovin’ your apron.

  29. F D on June 9, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Excellent info. Thank you

  30. Jacob Magana on June 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Nice vid. Really helpful

  31. Christopher Tenaglia on June 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Excellent video , very informative thank you !!!

  32. rclipc on June 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Great video. I was considering buying the battery powered palm router with the plunge base but after watching this, going with the medium duty. Thanks!

  33. Rod Burke on June 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I have a Dewalt DW618 that’s only about a year old and only used as a weekend-warrior. The speed controller quit working. Fortunately it’s still under warranty but that means I’ll need to send it in for repairs and be without a router for probably weeks because Dewalt doesn’t sell the part to consumers. When I Googled this malfunction I found several people who’ve had the same problem, some of them more than once.
    Needless to say I’m a bit perturb with Dewalt since this should never happen to a year old tool.
    I’m seriously considering the Bosch since it has excellent reviews.

  34. Greg on June 9, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    I uh.. Came here for networking. I ended up in tools…

  35. Eric Talusan on June 9, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    New woodworker and subscriber. Thank you so much to explain routers. Just fixed based router and can’t wait to use it.Much appreciated.

  36. D twist Rewind on June 9, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Half inch bits also dissipate heat better, it can reduce bearing burnout.

  37. Friendly Neighborhood Maintenance Man on June 9, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Great vid. The 3rd router vid I’ve seen, but the only one that answered my questions

  38. Timber Smith on June 9, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Just, thank you.

  39. JYTL on June 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    This is a great video, so much info and advice. I’d have gone for a palm router first but now know to go for a medium router as my first router. Thank you.

  40. Steph M on June 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for being my go-to person for tools and knowledge dude! Keep up the awesome work!

  41. Jonathan Katz-Moses on June 9, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Tools Discussed in Video
    Bits and Bits: USE CODE JKATZMOSES15 for 15% off
    Dewalt DW618 Kit (my #1):
    Makita 18v Palm Router:
    Bosch Colt Palm Router:
    Triton 3 ¼ hp:
    JessEm Router Lift:
    Kreg Router Plate for Triton Router for cheap router table:

  42. Raleford on June 9, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I’d be interested in seeing an insight into the production side of what you do outside of your videos.

  43. Wilhelm Matthies on June 9, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for your straightforward, helpful advice.

  44. Lee Calderwood on June 9, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    This was so informative thanks so much for doing this video 👍👍👍

  45. Gregory Jones on June 9, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Just saw this video after watching a few of your other videos. Thankfully I bought the 2 1/4HP Bosch Fixed/Plunge router kit with the fancy edge guide first time around. My thinking was more along the lines of not wanting to buy the cheapest only to realize I needed more later. Glad I did after watching this!

  46. Leslie Kho on June 9, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve been desperately searching router and brass bushings set which is suitable for making various inlay projects. I wonder which is better

  47. PBS #007 on June 9, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    great presentation, thanks. straight to the point.

  48. Thai Mai Shua on June 9, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Great video.

  49. viren chocha on June 9, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Most people on youtube want to sell their skill and showoff. None of them explain detail like you are doing as far as I have seen other videos.

  50. boomerangfreak on June 9, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Having recently bought the dewalt DCW604NT cordless router it kind of opened my eyes.
    At first I thought I’d only really be using it for chamfering and rounding over edges and never really thought I’d be using a plunge base anytime soon but was I wrong! As I only really have resources for 1 router at the moment I am very glad that mine came with a fixed and plunge base along with several other accessories. I totally understand the use of multiple routers especially the larger routers but doing this just as a hobby and trying to keep my budget and space constraints in check I can’t really justify 2 routers, YET! 😀

    Now that I have the router though I keep seeing more opportunities and ideas to use it, although I fear my basic bit set might need expanding 😛