Router is a versatile tool especially when it is mounted on a table. You will be able to accomplish a number of woodworking projects with it as you can make different cuts, moldings, edges and others with it. Here, we are going to show you how you can make moldings with a router table. For this project, you will require only your workpiece, a router and its table.
First start by assembling your router table and fitting into it all the necessary components it should have. Make sure that feather boards are clamped on the fence and table. You will require it together with a push stick for the protection of your fingers against the spinning bit. Maintain a steady rate when feeding the board through the router. You need the fence, however, it does not have to be at square with the table. Fix the bit tightly and properly into the router which will be positioned on the base. Some bits come with bearing guides. If you are using such a bit, you need to ensure that it is properly mounted. In this regard, you will have to use a straightedge which you will place against the fence to enable you arrange the bearing guide. The space between the straightedge and the bearing guide should be a paper-thin space. Position the workpiece against the bit using the feather boards clamped on the fence and table. With this arrangement, you will be able to focus on feeding the board.
The router bit can give some burning marks to the board. When feeding the board, you should not stop but instead, feed at a steady rate. In this way, you will prevent the router bit from causing burn marks on the board. However, it is the nature of your workpiece and the bit you are using that will determine the rate at which you will feed the board. As you are advancing in woodwork, you will be able to decide on the best rate by the amount of resistance you feel when you push against the board and just by hearing the sound of the router as the bit spins.
Don’t overwork the motor of the router or mount too much pressure on the bit by cutting a large portion at a time. Any cut above 3/8 inch deep is not good for the router and will eventually give poor quality cuts with rough surface. So, it is advisable that you set the fence so that only 2/3 of the wood can be removed at the same time with the first pass of the bit. After this initial pass, make the final pass feeding the workpiece at faster rate this time around. But you have to adjust the fence before feeding the wood for this second time.
It is also advisable that you take some safety measures before making your own moldings with your router and its table. Put on safety glasses, hearing protection devices, face cover and proper clothing. Before you change the bit, ensure that you unplug the router from its power source. Feed the board in the proper direction, that is moving from right to left against the fence.