About Woodworking Router Speeds

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When using a hand-held wood router, speed adjustments can be made with a knob, while a table router has a speed adjustment on the router underneath the table. Find out why large router bits signify a slower working speed of wood routers with help from a furniture-making student in this free video on woodworking and wood routers.

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When using a router you need to be aware of the speed that the router is operating at. With this hand held router you adjust the speed with this knob. With this particular router the speed adjustment is at the top ranging from one to five. Once you get it adjusted to the proper speed, use the on off switch to operate the router. With a table router the speed adjustment is located on the router underneath the table. To give you a better look I will pull it out. This particular router ranges from ten thousand to twenty-one thousand RPMs, which is adjustable in ten thousand, thirteen thousand, sixteen thousand, nineteen thousand, and twenty-one thousand increments. The general rule with router bits is the larger the bit the slower the speed. But one thing to keep in mind is well a bit up to one inch is the maximum safe speed is twenty-four thousand, one to two inches eighteen thousand, two to two and a half inches sixteen thousand, two and a half to three and a half twelve thousand RPMs. That is a general safe working speed maximum safe working speed for bits of those sizes.

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