I've been working on CNC lathes and mills < machining > for most of my life
but don't know beans about wood.
Two years ago my stepfather died and left me tons of wood working equipment
... I have used most of it with no problem but I can't figure out how to use
the router. Can you plane the surface of wood or is it only good for bevels
I know it's dumb but I am really getting off working on wood.
To plane is to shear. You could plane the wood with a router, as far as the
router bit can reach. You would need an edge guide and a shim. Look for router
table designs. Some have them set up as 1" jointers.
As for planing the large surface of a board, I haven't seen any bit that wrap
around the router so that you could plane, yet. The only option is to mill it.
A router is a poor man's mill...I sure could use a CNC mill to route designs
I've planed wood with a hand-held router; but there are usually
better ways to get the job done. I clamped two strips of wood to
the surface I wanted to flatten, then used them to support the
base of the router as I hand guided it to cut the surface I
wanted to plane.
I have a CNC router with a 48x96 table; and periodically make a
light pass over the entire sacrificial MDF table top to ensure
flatness. It's essentially the same operation except that the
router is supported on a gantry and moved in x-, y-, and
z-directions by motors.
A router is an enigma - it can do a huge range of things or practically
nothing, depending on how you couple it with bits and jigs. By itself, its
Some of the major categories you might see it used for:
- decorative edging
- joinery (mortise and tenon, dovetail, locked miter, drawer lock)
- cutting precise holes and disks
- cutting various shaped slots
- cutting odd shapes to match a pattern
The router shapes wood very precisely and, in most cases, smoother than many
other wood working machines. Its also slower.
If the router your grandfather left you is old, the chances are that it
doesn't measure up to the routers sold today, in terms of power and
flexibility. I recommend that you purchase a good book on routers to gain
some insight into the broad range of capabilities.
Thanks for the replies. I'm on CNC News groups but the politics and
infighting have all but ruined it .... looks like you guysare nice and
mellow. Funny thing is when I work around wood that's how I get ...Hmmm
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