Equipment/MakitaRouter

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Equipment / Router
Our Router

Summary

A wood router is a useful tool in a woodworker's workshop. It's used for carving and hollowing out wood, like creating grooves or creating a decorative trim on a piece of fine wood.

Owners

Health and Safety

Sharp Object/material

  • All cutting blades to be kept in their holders until they are required.
  • Power supply to be disconnected when changing blades.
  • Be aware of were the blade is in relation to body parts.
  • Wait for the blade to stop moving before putting the tool down.

Slips, Trips and Falls

  • Waste material/offcuts to be kept clear of work area.

Fire

  • Equipment will be checked for defects before each use to minimise the risk of possible electrical faults or fire.
  • Carbon Dioxide extinguisher to be available for any electrical fires

Electric shock

  • The equipment will be checked before each use to ensure that there are no defects in the casing, battery or cutting head.

Sight/Noise/Dust/Vibration

  • P.P.E. to be worn when using the equipment.
  • Regular brakes to prevent fingers becoming numb

Repetitive Action/Physical Fatigue

  • Regular breaks if work is lasting more than 5 minutes in duration

Training

Instructions

If you've never used a router before, please watch these videos first Tips for Router Safety How to Use a router safely (Video)

Please refer to the product manual for detailed instructions on how to use the router. A printed copy is also kept with the router. File:Router Owners Manual.pdf

Always use a sharp bit. Dull edges make for more work.

Clamp the work securely.

Fasten a piece of wood the same thickness as the workpiece to your bench. Use it to support the router and prevent wobbling, which can ruin your work.

Feed the router from left to right so that the cutting edge of the bit meets the wood first.

A deep pass can bind, burn the wood or twist the tool in your hands.Make a series of shallow passes, gradually extending the bit.

Don't over work the router. That causes the motor to slow, which in turn slows the blade. You're more likely to get chips and splinters this way, and it's possible to burn the wood this way as well.

Use an edge guide whenever possible - freehand cutting requires patience, steady hands and practice.

When start routing somewhere other than on an edge (plunge cutting) begin by starting the motor and lowering the spinning blade into the work.

Tips & Tricks

  • Wear hearing protection during extended period of operation.
  • Be aware of the location of any power cords when operating a router, keeping them behind the path of the cut at all times.
  • Be aware of where cut off pieces of lumber will fall, to avoid injuries.
  • Before using the tool on an actual workpiece, let it run for a while. Watch for vibration or wobbling that could indicate improperly installed bit.
  • Avoid cutting nails. Inspect for and remove all nails from the workpiece before operation.

Maintenance

Every month inspect for damage and general wear and tear and asses state of stock blades and replace as needed.

Every six months the carbon motor brushes should be inspected for wear, and replaced as necessary.

Further Information

Tips for Router Safety (Video)

How to Use a router safely (Video)

File:Router Owners Manual.pdf