How to Get Started with Routing
Are you feeling inspired to equip yourself with some new DIY know-how? Then you might want to consider routing. Whether you want to get creative with decorative edges or try your hand at joinery, a good router tool is what you need. In our handy beginner’s guide to routing, we introduce you to the trade and the tools. From choosing the right router bit to working with Dremel’s Plunge Router, you’ll get your DIY on in no time.
Tip 2: Get to know the different rout types
The type of rout you want depends on the job at hand. If you’re starting out, you’ll be using your router quite often to make grooves. Grooves – long cuts in surfaces – can be flat-bottomed, v-shaped or rounded. You can create functional inlays with them in wooden tables, cutting boards or your kitchen countertop, for example. Another type of rout is a cove; also known as a rounded groove. This is a simple way to add an interesting edge to a plain surface. Use the chamfer as a decorative rout. Think of it as a ‘flattened corner’; the chamfer is straight, but doesn’t extend across the material’s entire profile. Specific types of routs require specific bits, which brings us to our next point...
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