In the woodworking sector, the router has demonstrated itself to be the ideal tool for batch production function. However, it isn’t simply in the professional market that it can lend a hand in saving woodworkers both the time and energy.
For your home craftsperson or the small craft workshop, the router offers versatility second to no other power tool. Combined with the huge selection of brightly colored cutters currently available, the navigation theory requires just a little creativity and innovation to turn a 2-dimensional profile into a 3-dimensional object. Very good examples of this method of production on a tiny scale are my toys from the ‘metre’. Toy cars, lorries, and trees, as pictured here can all be simply and quickly generated by this procedure, in addition to other similar outline designs for example buildings, ships, and critters. Each is cut with one or a blend of basic cutter profiles, machining along the length of the wood prepared for crosscutting to separate each individual product. A router table is vital for this work, both for safety and accuracy. For cutting a few of the profiles a router of at least 900 watts will be needed, while the larger radius cutter will need a 1/2 inch shank capacity. You will probably find that lots of intriguing shapes could be made up with your present cutters. Alternatively, refer to the new Trend 1998/9 catalogue to follow different profiles and make up your own mixes before buying your cutters. Remember that getting machined the cutter profiles on the wood length, a little closing shaping to smooth in curves or eliminate sharp corners may be quickly and easily achieved with simple hand tools. Likewise, cutter profiles could be joined or composed easily in a similar manner. 1 important thing to bear in mind is that the timber should first be prepared by planing it straight and true and that surplus waste timber ought to be removed by cutting dents and grooves, leaving only the last shaping to be