How to Change Router Bits

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A router is a device used to cut holes in pieces of wood. Learn how to change router bits successfully with help from a home remodeling expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, and I'm going to show you how to change the bits on your router. Routers are great tools. They're simple to operate. You can do anything from a straight cut to an edge detail with a quick change of a bit. It's a simple process so let's get started. I've got my router here, my wrench and a new bit. The first thing we want to do is make sure our router is unplugged so it's not going to start on us while we're working and the next thing is to go ahead and remove the old bit. Now in this case I have a router that uses a single wrench so there's a locking collar on the machine. So, all we're going to do is spin the collet which is the nut that holds the bit until it engages in the mechanism. At this point I can take my wrench, put it on the collet itself and loosen it up. And a lot of times you get it to spin a few times and you have to get the wrench back on it and give it another turn with the wrench. Once it's loose you can go ahead and grab your bit and be careful of the sharp edges and you can just slide that out. Now, we'll go ahead and grab our next bit and I'm going to do just the opposite. Put the bit back in the collet, put the wrench on it. Now you want it tight but you don't need to put a lot of force on it. You just want to have it nice and snug so that it holds in place. You don't want to lock it up so hard that you won't be able to undo it. So you can see it really couldn't be any easier to change a bit in a router. Now, you're all set to go. You're ready to start that next woodworking project. I'm Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.

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