How Does a Woodworking Router Work?

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A router for woodworking works by spinning by the power of an electric motor at a very high rate of speed, and it drives a cutting bit into the wood to create various effects and designs. See how a woodworking router works with instructions from an experienced carpenter and construction specialist in this free video on home repair.

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Video Transcript

Hello my name is Mark Blocker and in this segment we are going to cover how a woodworking router works. O'kay here I have a small lightweight portable electric router and I'll give you a quick and brief description of what it is and how it works. First of all a router has an electric motor and spins at a very high rate of speed. It drives a cutting bit or a cutting attachment called the bit. That mounts in a shaft device, I'll call it that locks it down. It has an adjustable base platform which is used for adjusting the cutting height and there is literally hundreds of different bits for the routers that cause different effects of wood. It might be using for shaping or creating a different design. It could be used for channeling. This one here is designed for use to make rabbit cuts or notches in the wood and I will give you a quick demonstration. What I've done is made a rabbit notch in the wood. As you can see some of the fibers are left cut up right here. You can just shave those off with a sharp knife or a little piece of sand paper and what you have is a rabbit cut or a notch in that plywood. That's how a woodworking router works.


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