Wood Router Tips and Tricks from Colin Knecht

Wood Router Tips and Tricks from Colin Knecht

Wood routers are a unique woodworking tool that can make very accurate and precise cuts making they ideal for furniture making and many other woodworking projects, and with the variety of wood router bits, cutting dados, rabbets and trimming veneers and even lumber with rough edges or even live edge wood can be trimmed straight and true on a wood router table.

DIY Router Table Workflow Upgrades – https://youtu.be/UWWxNyR25vw
Wood Router Hacks – 5 Wood Router Workshop Tips and Tricks: https://youtu.be/uj5iRmgswF4
Getting MORE from Your Router Bits: https://youtu.be/V_eCa2U5y6w
Mini DIY Router Table for a Trim Router: https://youtu.be/HyUGlbj272Y
How to use a router tutorial: https://youtu.be/ZkerM8R8Pj8
Router Table Lift: https://youtu.be/oiBUMnAstj0
How to Make a Router Table Top: https://youtu.be/HvSwOoUpZvA
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  1. rudz duke on April 4, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    wheew… that’s a big tip, colin… thanks…

  2. John Kolethu on April 4, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Your are a master and a great work

  3. David on April 4, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Tnx for this video!

  4. Allen Reinecke on April 4, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Had to watch the dado clip again to understand it. Awesome tip! Excellent explanation of which direction to approach the bit on a router table. The table saw comparison is a great one, not heard it before and easy to visualize. Thx!

  5. Marcous Awad on April 4, 2022 at 6:39 pm


  6. Will Mendez on April 4, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Just the other day the router took a board and flew it across the room. Had no idea that I needed to feed it from the other side. The warnings say to always feed from the right! Now I know, and thanks!!

  7. Robert Dennis on April 4, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    OK i have watched this video four times and I still don’t get why you need to use the ⅝" measuring strip on the first pass in order to match the thickness of your workpiece when you cut a dado into the plywood… Why couldn’t have just used the temporary fence you have clamped as your guide on the first pass… I know i am missing something here, just can’t figure out what it is πŸ€”

  8. Rob Rosenthal on April 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    use a drill bit…omg…perfect solution

  9. Mini CooperUSAF on April 4, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Good router tips!

  10. skygh on April 4, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    I use a router almost every day for door and lock installation. They are very powerful tools.

  11. Pia Konstmann on April 4, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Wow! These tricks (= very useful knowledge) will save me from a lot of headaches and failed projects in the future!
    I’ve already a very good Bosch router and the router bits to plane, and I’ll drop buying a planer for now, as the router can get the job done…. that is IF I can do my part, and together we’ll make perfect results! πŸ˜€

  12. John Valle on April 4, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    You don’t advocate using a miter slide but you do recommend using a loose board fence to launch boards trapped between the board and non bearing guided cutter????

  13. Bill coley on April 4, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Happy thanksgiving

  14. Billiards Explorer on April 4, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Tq for sharing…Gbu.

  15. iiMPR3SSiiON on April 4, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    That drill bit trick for measuring depth of plunge was great πŸ™‚

  16. Robin Ritchey on April 4, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for the video!

  17. Manny P on April 4, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    thank you for all the great tips.

  18. shane samson on April 4, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Love your CALM style Colin… You are a real source of inspiration to a newbie!!! I’m actually trying out Dados at the moment and your Dado tip is Right on Cue

  19. brooks wade on April 4, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I’m still scratching my head on the dado cut. The spacing from the fence and how you used 2 different spacers, went whoosh! Right over my head.

    Colin, why wouldn’t you just come in from the right on the router table and use the front of the bit? What is the benefit of what you showed?

  20. joselugd70 on April 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Muy buen video!gracias.

  21. Michael Tonyan on April 4, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m an old amateur woodworker. I know a lot about woodworking but you always come up with some great tips. Thank you.

  22. Storm on April 4, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    It’s always a great pleasure watching your videos I’m always learning keep up the great work: God bless you πŸ‘

  23. Judd Fuller on April 4, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve learned a lot from your video. I like your emphasis on safety. Watched a few guys use all fingers. Very scary.

  24. Paul Morris on April 4, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I just watched your other video on how to use a router table and I can say with absolute certainty…you need to re-make that video!! It’s nine years old and you can tell how far you’ve come with making videos since then! PLEASE re-make that video! It’s awkward, clumsy, has some REALLY BAD editing. So Colin, for the sake of humanity, PLEASE re-shoot that video!

  25. stanford simon on April 4, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    thanks for the tips, very useful

  26. Kirk Williams on April 4, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Mr Colin I like the way you had set the depth of the Router

  27. danny arendall on April 4, 2022 at 7:10 pm


  28. Tim Sharr on April 4, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I learned so much from this short clip !!! The visual using the tablesaw blade was VERY helpful. Thanks!

  29. Mark L on April 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I dont understand why you are not using the built-in ruler of the router?

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  31. Edmund Hayes on April 4, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Terrific video taught me a lot.

  32. John Vodopija on April 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I really enjoy coming back to these tips and tricks videos. Thank you. πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

  33. Steve Osterday on April 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Your use of the saw blade to show which direction the work and the router should go is the best explanation I’ve seen yet. Thanks for that.

  34. Sylvia Shiell on April 4, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    We you a teacher at dinner point in your life? 😊

  35. Les F on April 4, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Great stuff Colin. Thank you very much!

  36. Zahid Khan on April 4, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    very nice wood router tips thanks

  37. Larry B on April 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I do not at all understand two things about the end demo in this video:
    1. WHY would you want to do the edge with the wood fence set up, as opposed to doing the same on your table saw? The table saw is faster to set up and faster to cut the wood (and safer, I think!).
    2. Why did you repeatedly call this "planing", and say "if you don;t have a planer"? This looks like jointing, not planing.

  38. Marcel Meijer on April 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for the tips, very helpfull!

  39. DAVID JESSE on April 4, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    What a perfect video to watch for me, for I just got a piece of wood thrown by my router because I inserted it from right to left. Kindly please do a detailed video on the safe and proper feeding of the material into the router. I just did my own DIY router table and so I am just learning how to do it safely. Thanks much.

  40. Michael Sparks on April 4, 2022 at 7:22 pm


  41. Pete C on April 4, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    10 minutes 19 seconds your wood piece came away from its fence producing a divot in the workpiece. You then show a perfectly cut piece. My guess is that you had to reposition the fence and give it a second run just enough to scarf off the imperfection that would certainly present itself if you tried to laminate it to another piece of wood.

    After reviewing the video further, at 10:27, just below your index finger there are two marks on the wood that were not on the piece you initially started cutting. And the wood grain appears to be very close but slightly different in that it appears to have moved to a slightly different position.

    Definitely got some good tips. Thanks. But I’ve been an inspector for closing in on 40 years. I see the mistakes. The imperfections. The stripped screws on those TV shows. Naturally with the TV shows you have editing.

    I will be setting up my wood shop hopefully this April. I have the lumber in the garage and driveway for an addition to my garage and a contractor already contracted to build the addition. So I’m looking for those smart tips that so many others have discovered over the years. I may even begin developing my own wood shop video collection.

  42. Jeff Thomas on April 4, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Another fantastic tip, thanks Colin

  43. Bill Ping on April 4, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Great video, very helpful!!!

  44. Memo Herdez on April 4, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Awesone! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  45. Stephanie Ray on April 4, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    So useful, as usual, Colin. Thank you very much.

  46. Daryl Griffin on April 4, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    This may be a dumb question, but is there a reason you don’t place the straight edge of the router base against the stop?

  47. Paul C on April 4, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Great vid and great tips. You’re helping a cabinet maker on the other side of the pond who has only relatively recently started using routers and making the understanding of the jobs so much easier than figuring things out by experience. I thank you for that and will humbly follow your other router tips.

  48. Comments on April 4, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    The trick at 2:38 is neat. But you need to find the strip of wood that has the same size as the router cut bit.

  49. Rich Z on April 4, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    thank you,i know nothing about this,now learning from you

  50. Bill coley on April 4, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    How long did it take you to trust your fence on your table saw? When I had a table saw it seemed like I was always double measuring the distance.