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 carried out with the selected cutters.
When creating cars and lorries, first shape rebates along the bottom edges of the strip and cut a groove across the middle of the underside face leaving two square beads to be machined to the wheel profiles. Massive regions of waste like on the flat back lorry can be sawn on a table saw. The saw table can also be used to cut back angled surfaces for house roofs and other broad horizontal surfaces. Not all of the cuts are going to have the ability to be made simply by running the square edges of the wood against the router table or fence. It may be required to make up support cubes or jigs to have the ability to present the job to the cutter at different angles or to keep it flat while machining.
Another alternative when forming the simple profile is to machine different shaped sections of timber and paste them together in a very long length. This can produce attractive effects when using contrasting timbers and finish with clear lacquers or varnishes. Instead use a fine tooth handsaw, taking care to cut the sides square and parallel.
Should you keep your cutters nicely honed (do it frequently on a diamond stone), you will only have to lightly sand the machined surfaces before applying a finish. As a way to sand the sides, then stick a piece of abrasive paper to a flat surface with double sided tape and rub the faces over it, keeping them flat to the surface.
Consistently use near grained woods like Beech. However, for a more decorative impact use combinations of dark and light woods, like holly, maple, mahogany, and cherry, but again avoid woolly or rough-grained varieties. For children’s toys, bright colored stains or varnishes can be applied, however as with all paints and other finishes just use the ones that are non-toxic and said to be safe for kids. IP Professional Door Fitting This video, one of a series containing Trend jigs and equipment for the router, clarifies how the Hinge Jig and other unique accessories help the carpenter to fit doors with maximum simplicity and efficiency. Ref TV/5 Affordable CNC Routing This video illustrates the variety of software which can be carried out using the CNC860 together with complementary goods like applications, jig-making accessories, and tooling. Ref TV/6 by Gordon Warr The Trend Routing System This video looks at the two routers, the T5 and T9, together with the MINI MATCH vacuum clamping system and the DJ300 Dovetail Jig. It shows how to use these and other products to accomplish many woodworking tasks.