4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with a Wood Router

One of the most versatile pieces of woodworking equipment is a router. In fact, this piece of equipment can do a lot more than just cutting grooves. Along with the typical grooves, dovetails and edging, the wood router can do many other things.

In this article, we are going to give you a few tips on how to use a router, the typical cuts you should know and give you a few surprising ways that you can use this handy tool. By the end of this article, we hope you understand just how much you can get from this one simple yet useful piece of woodworking gear.

Tips to Use a Router

If you are new to woodworking there are a few tips that you should know that will allow you to use your wood router to its fullest potential. The first is to understand the proper way to advance your router. Often new woodworkers will go the wrong direction which could end up making control of the router difficult.

The way you avoid this is to make sure that you are moving the router in the opposite direction of the bit rotation. This may take a little practice but once you get it, the router will glide through your work. So before beginning just make sure you are doing this, and you will have better control of your router.

In fact, when you begin routing you may want to start by using router bits that have built-in ball bearing pilots. You can use these guides to help you keep your router on the mark and assist with better control. There are also edge guides you can attack as well. Decide which method is the best for you and until you feel comfortable controlling your router by hand use what you can to ensure peak performance.

Typical Uses

We are going to be discussing some things that you may not know you can do with your router, but first what is a router typically used for? Here are 3 of the most typical uses for a wood router.

Straight Groove

This is one of the most if not the most common use. Grooves are in almost every piece of woodworking, especially furniture.


Routers are often used to edge fine and intricate details in woodworks.


Making templates is yet another common use of a wood router.

4 Things That You Didn’t Know Your Router Could Do

It’s easy to use your wood router for the tasks it was designed to do but think about getting more from one tool. How much money and time could that save you? You would be surprised by the things that you wood router could do for you. Here are just four of the tasks you may be shocked to find out that one tool can do for you.

Mortise and Tenon Joint

When looking to craft mortise and tenon joint connections at a right angle, the wood router can be used to complete this task easily and neatly.

Hole Enlargement

Finding out that the hole you have just made is not quite large enough can be frustrating. All you need is two bits (rabbeting and flush trim) in whatever size will work and then make an internal rabbet that will be easy to enlarge with the other bit.


Using an outer partnered with a guide can make trimming excess overhang on trim easy to remove.


When you are looking to join pieces of furniture or framing, you can use a wood router for this as well. You will need a template and a special bit.

There are many other uses that may surprise you, but these are the most surprising. Now that you have some creative ideas and ways you can use your wood router you can elevate your woodworking ability.

Final Thoughts

Getting the most out of every tool in your woodshop is a highly efficient and performance-enhancing ability to have. So, knowing that you can use your wood router for multiple purposes is a great start.

In the information above, we have covered 4 things you likely didn’t know you could do with a wood router that will hopefully add a bit of a challenge and change to your regular woodworking projects. It is fun to try something new, and with the ideas in this article, you now have 4 new methods you can add to your woodworking skills.

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