Wood Router Hacks – 5 Wood Router Tips and Tricks

Wood Router Hacks – 5 Wood Router Tips and Tricks

In this video, we look at 5 tips and tricks for wood routers, including some tips for your router table.

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50 Comments

  1. Seemsayin on February 12, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Such a good video, I may watch it aGAIN.



  2. ed MC on February 12, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    WHAT KIND OF BIT DID YOU USE ???



  3. macsmith2013 on February 12, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for this video, at least 3 of those tips were new to me and will make my life a whole lot easier. <3



  4. Kitty Pridemore on February 12, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    7



  5. Glenn Abrahams on February 12, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Colin, question, what if the push block isn’t 90%? Can you make a quick video on why it needs to be 90%? Thanks in advance.



  6. Dennis Peacock on February 12, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    PLEASE ELPLANE WHY NOT USE MITER GAGE WITH FENCE



  7. Allen Reinecke on February 12, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve used hot glue to mount a ragged piece of wood to a straight-edged sacrificial wood piece and used my table saw or a trim router to create a straight edge. Once done, the joint is fairly easily peeled off and the hot glue can also be peeled off with no marks. Just have to make sure the ragged piece is well-seated and parallel to the sacrificial surface.
    Same idea works with planing small pieces. Stick them to a large wooden support. Just make sure there’s enough glue to hold it securely.
    Thanks for the tips!



  8. Ken James on February 12, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Excellent tips 👍



  9. EDGe Projects on February 12, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Colin – great tips. On the rabbiting bits part where you are enlarging the hole, I didnt do this and was injured. Admittedly, Im a severe novice and while I have the utmost respect for the router and the damage it can do, apparently I didnt have enough. Luckily, nothing was permanent. We’ll just leave it at that! My question is this. The reason you are using the rabbiting bit is because trying to use a normal bit would be too aggressive and cause the wood to bind and potentially launch? Im now pretty intimidated to use the router table. Feel much more comfortable with the router itself but after the incident, seriously considering selling it. Thanks in advance and love the videos!



  10. Barry Kery on February 12, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I do the same thing for drill bits that you do for your router bits. I have 5 drill bits I always use in my shop. The block of wood, with the drill bits, sits next to my drill press. I labeled the block of wood to show the size of the each bit.
    Great video. Looking forward to watching more.
    Barry G. Kery



  11. Tim on February 12, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips!!
    But why should one never use a miter gage in combination with a fence? I’ve done it a few times and it works great to keep long work pieces at 90°



  12. Steven Budden on February 12, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    What is the length of the router bit that you used to joint that rough wood?



  13. Valter Leão on February 12, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Parabéns, excelente trabalho e explicações, uma verdadeira aula!
    Abraço aqui do Brasil 🇧🇷



  14. Hans Oosterom on February 12, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Good information as usual. Thanks.



  15. Ron JL White on February 12, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Good tips buddy.



  16. TRAC ATAK on February 12, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Love your channel thanks for all the time effort and knowledge put into it Sir



  17. Chris Bellis on February 12, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your router tips, they were all excellent, the one that really caught me eye was the simple jig made out of three pieces of scrap wood for cutting slots.
    It really is going to be a must have for site work. If it gets lost, broken or "borrowed" why worry I can make another in a few minutes.
    Thanks so much
    Regards
    Chris



  18. Richard Bruler on February 12, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Router hacks? Only wood butchers use the word "HACK!



  19. HorseblindersOn on February 12, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    That mortise jig is also a rabbet jig and or double.



  20. jhon mario franco arcila on February 12, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Saludos Amigo desde Roldanillo Valle Colombia 🙏 son de gran ayuda tus muy buenas ideas ! 🙏👍



  21. CA Rasmussen on February 12, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    at 2:35 why dont youse a miter gauge with a fence? I am brand new to woodworking, would be great if someone could answer this for me. Enjoying this video and i love the idea for keeping the bits organized.



  22. Donald Stewart on February 12, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    👍



  23. Gunny Austria on February 12, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Can make this hole smaller 😉😁



  24. 1divemaster1 on February 12, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Great tips. Any idea why my bits continually want to come out of the router during use?



  25. Mark Bartlett on February 12, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    I thank you for sharing your expertise and experience. I have worked with wood my whole life and you still showed me some new tricks.



  26. Perry Bailey on February 12, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    That’s an excellent tip for truing the edge of a board without a jointer. This is the perfect solution when I want to glue 2 boards together, and they aren’t 100% true and there’s a slight bow or dip between the 2 edges. Thanks!



  27. Yaya Moyong on February 12, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Most useful idea, thank for share thise idea.



  28. Maria M on February 12, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    you could put small scarp of wood under the hole and then use that large circular bit center it and cut.



  29. Anthony Audain on February 12, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    You awesome great job 👏 👍 🙌 😀 👌



  30. coder4Liberty on February 12, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    A rubber floor mat or a full rubber floor for a shop isn’t a bad idea.



  31. tazmankb26 on February 12, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    great tips



  32. Rory O'Connor on February 12, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Greetings from the Southern Caribbean (Trinidad). Thank you for your Excellent videos, especially ones to do with Routers and Router Fences. I have just made my first fence, on an old but nice Delta 10" table saw. Works GOOD ! Thanks again.



  33. Sal.G.89 on February 12, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I like you mate. Wish I could meet you and work, learn from you in person. Unfortunately I’m in Australia. In Melbourne, locked down…



  34. NotMyName on February 12, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Does anyone have a link to the bit he uses at the end? Im new with no jointer. Thank You!



  35. Scott Morris on February 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I like the easy mortise jig. I use the router table to do my mortises.



  36. Vijay kumar jain Tech Electrical on February 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Nice



  37. Jaime Peralez on February 12, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Where would could I get a large quantity cnc machined wood pieces made if I don’t have an industrial cnc machine?



  38. Mike Merc on February 12, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    hi Colin is there a video on how you made your router table fence



  39. Bill K. on February 12, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Great tips Colin, thanks for sharing them…



  40. falannga 2 on February 12, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    thank you



  41. Bill Giles on February 12, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    The tip about making a mortise: I was taught not to use the flat of the router base against the guide fence as any rotation will misalign the bit. If you use the round side and the base rotates it will not alter the distance from the fence



  42. HorseblindersOn on February 12, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    That blowing out a Cornhole sized hole from any one that a flush trim will fit in, sorry any that you can get a rabbet in. Is great.



  43. Chrystian Guy on February 12, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Most people: "Where can I find spalted wood?"
    Colin: (uses spalted wood as scrap for a router demo)
    😉



  44. Donald Stewart on February 12, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    👍👍👍 ❤ The tips! Sub’ed



  45. Sal Captsal on February 12, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for your time and expertise!



  46. Nayan Mipun on February 12, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    We can use drillers too like routers



  47. Ron_H on February 12, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Love the Watch! and good video



  48. Juan José Gutiérrez Barrow on February 12, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Great tips every time! Thanks



  49. wayne miller on February 12, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks Colin. Good stuff here.



  50. Mike on February 12, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    I just got a router table a few weeks ago and I’m learning. Watching a lot of your videos. Can you explain "why you don’t use a miter gauge when using a fence", please and when you can use one. Thanks!