Routers and bits

Ace Makerspace has a small collection of routers. We also have a large CNC Router with documentation in different wiki posts. 

Projects by Ace makers

some cool project

A few things you can do with a router

Here are some project ideas to get you inspired:

  • Carve into a cutting board (keep liquids from running off)
  • Wooden signs
  • Shallow appetizers dishes
  • Wine racks
  • Desk organizers and charging docks

Ask the Makers:

Is there anything special to know about Ace’s routers?

  • some text hopefully –Cool Person

 

What routers do

To “rout,” means to hollow out, so a router hollows out wood. It won’t make a wooden bowl but it can make grooves (like rain gutters) or it can round over edges. It’s an electric power tool that spins a “router bit” at very high speeds to cut into the wood. There are handheld routers, table-mounted routers, and automated robot routers (CNC routers). 

Handheld vs. table-mounted vs. CNC routers:

Handheld routers move across the wood in the horizontal plane. They’re good for working with large pieces of wood and doing freehand engravings. Table routers are mounted upside down on a router table and instead of moving the router, you move the piece of wood. They’re good for working with smaller pieces of wood that can be put on the table, or when using a larger router bit that would be hard to control if using a free-hand router. Finally, CNC routers move over the wood on their own in a computer-programmed pattern. They’re good for doing complex cuts, many cuts, and for doing accurate work. 

 

About bits and router accessories

Router bits
Router bits are located in the back room against the wall

There are over 16,000 varieties of router bits that you can choose from. They differentiate in two main ways:

Material (high-speed-steel vs carbide-tipped steel):

Carbide steel is harder than conventional steel so it lasts longer and can handle higher cutting speeds. High-speed steel (HSS) is cheaper however and works well for most applications. 

Use case (edge vs. non-edge):

Edge bits have a bearing (to roll along the edge) and they can make the edge of wood rounded over, coved, chamfered, or something else (remember, there’s 16,000+ different bits). Non-edge bits make gutters in the wood. The grooves can be square, semi-circular, v-shaped, or something else. 

Routers
Routers are located underneath the worktable.
router mounted under table

AMT081 Porter Cable Router in router table

July 18, 2019

Table of Contents Router TableSafety*Testing out for CertificationTest RubricStatus Make/Model: Porter Cable 7518 this is installed in the router table attached to the rolling sanding… Read more

Porter Cable Router

AMT178 Porter Cable Router

July 18, 2019

Make/Model: Model 6902 Heavy Duty Motor – model 1001 Router Base Documentation: Manual A22440,690 Currently stored under the  large workbench Pictures Logs   Read more

Ryobi Router

AMT179 Ryobi Router

July 18, 2019

Make/Model: R163 – 1 1/2 PEAK HP FIXED BASE ROUTER | RYOBI Tools Documentation: ryobi-router-R163 Pictures: Logs   Read more

AMT251 DeWalt 20V Max cordless Router

September 27, 2019

Make/Model: DCW600B Documentation: N593981,DCW600 Manual Logs Read more

AMT324 DeWalt Compact Router – Corded

November 5, 2021

Model: DWP610, DWP611 (need to check to see which one we got) Serial: Manual Description: The DEWALT 1.25 HP variable speed Compact Router lets you… Read more

AMT325 DeWalt Compact Router – Corded

November 5, 2021

Model: DWP610, DWP611 (need to check to see which one we got) Serial: Manual Description: The DEWALT 1.25 HP variable speed Compact Router lets you… Read more