In the woodworking industry the router has proved itself to be tactic to succeed tool for batch production work. But, it it not just in the professional market that it can lend a hand in saving woodworkers both time and effort.
For the home craftsperson or the small craft workshop, the router offers versatility second to no other power tool. Combined with all the vast range of intricately shaped cutters now available, the routing concept requires only a little imagination and innovation to turn a two dimensional profile into a three dimensional object. Toy cars, lorries and trees, as pictured here can all be simply and quickly caused this method, along with other similar outline designs pertaining to example buildings, boats and god's gifts to earth. Each is cut with one or a combination of basic cutter profiles, machining along the length on the timber ready for crosscutting to separate each individual item. A router table is essential for this work, both for safety and accuracy. For cutting some of the profiles a router of at least 900 watts will be needed, while the larger radius cutter will require a 1/2 inch shank storage space. You will probably find that many interesting shapes can be made up using your existing cutters. Alternatively, refer to the new Trend 1998/9 catalogue to trace out various profiles and make your own combinations before purchasing your cutters. Remember that having machined the cutter profiles on the timber length, a little final shaping to smooth in curves or remove sharp corners can be simply achieved using simple hand tools. Likewise cutter profiles can be joined or married up smoothly likewise. One important point to merchandise is that the timber should first be cooked by planing it straight and true and that excess waste timber should be removed by cutting rebates and grooves, leaving simply final shaping to be carried out with the selected cutters.
When making cars and lorries, first form rebates along the bottom edges of the strip and cut a groove along the centre of the underside face leaving two square beads to be able to machined to the wheel profiles. Large areas of waste such as over the flat back lorry can be sawn on a table saw. The saw table can also be familiar with cut angled surfaces for house roofs and other wide flat surfaces. Not all the cuts you must be made by simply running the square edges of the timber against the router table or fence. It become necessary to comprise support blocks or jigs to be able to present the work to the cutter purchase an angles or to keep it level while machining.
Another alternative when forming the basic profile is to machine different shaped sections of timber and glue them together in a tough length. This can produce attractive effects when using contrasting timbers and finishing with clear lacquers or varnishes. A circular saw or band saw fitted with a fine tooth blade is the best for separating the profile sections using the table fence ascertain their width. Alternatively use a fine tooth handsaw, if everyone to cut the perimeters square and parallel.
If you keep cutters well honed (do it regularly on a diamond stone), you will only need to lightly sand the machined surfaces before applying a finish. So as to sand the sides, stick a piece of abrasive paper the flat surface with double sided tape and rub the faces over it, keeping them flat to the surface.
Always use close grained woods with regard to example Beech. However, a more decorative effect use combinations of light and dark woods, such as holly, maple, mahogany and cherry, but again avoid woolly or coarse grained mixtures. For children's toys, bright colored stains or varnishes can be applied, but as with all paints and other finishes only use those that are non-toxic and stated to be safe for children. IP Professional Door Fitting This video, one of a series featuring Trend jigs and equipment for the router, explains a new Hinge Jig and other unique accessories help the carpenter to fit doors with maximum ease and effort. Ref TV/5 Affordable CNC Routing This video demonstrates the selection of applications which is possible using the CNC860 together with complimentary products such as software, jig-making accessories and tooling. Ref TV/6 by Gordon Warr The Trend Routing System This video looks in the two routers, the T5 and T9, together with the MINIMACH vacuum clamping system and the DJ300 Dovetail Jig. It shows how to use these as well products to accomplish many woodworking constructions.
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