12 Tips For Using A Router Safely
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Whether used freehand or mounted in a table, a router is possibly the most useful power tool in the woodshop.But working with a device that spins sharp carbide-tipped bits at dizzying speeds can be quite hazardous, unless you follow good safety practices each and every time you rout.
Here are a dozen tips for using a router safely while getting the best results with this versatile performer.KEEP THE STOCK SECURE When using a router freehand, always make sure the workpiece is clamped down securely to your bench or work table (the exception is large workpieces, such as cabinets or furniture heavy enough to stay put on their own).
Placing a friction mat atop the bench/table before clamping can help prevent the work from shifting.When routing boards too narrow to clamp, use bench dogs with the end vise on a traditional-style work bench to hold the str*p steady.
KEEP YOUR HANDS SAFE Always keep your hands and fingers well clear of the bit.When routing freehand, never use your free hand to hold the workpiece (see above).For safe router table operation, your table should be fitted with a guard that covers the area immediately above the bit.
Whenever possible, use a...