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Class Red equipment: Do not use without specific training.
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Equipment / Makita Router
Our Router


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.


The Owners are those who have volunteered to be in charge of the equipment, organising maintenance, training others to use it, and generally being a point of contact. The current Owners of the Router are:

  • Jonathan Woolf
  • Michael Dales


  • Jonathan Woolf
  • Michael Dales

Key Points

  • No operation that involves allowing the operator’s body near the cutter may be performed while the power cable is plugged in the mains electrical socket.
  • The collet in the router must be appropriate for the cutter bit in the router and that the collet housing must be cleaned after each use.
  • Spanners must not be left on the driveshaft when the power is engaged.

Health and Safety

Full details of the risks associated with this device may be found in the File:RouterRA.pdf. Here the key hazards identified will be listed.

  • Loosening router blade (tighten fully and make sure have clean and correct collet/cutter)
  • Dust build-up in collet (clean after every use)
  • Electrocution (router PAT tested yearly)
  • Handling cutter
  • Cutter coming loose during operation (must tighten blade/clean collet before & after use and use correct collett/blade)
  • Router being dropped (must hold router firmly during operation)
  • Loose hair/clothes getting caught (users must tie up dangling hair/jewellery/clothes)
  • Ear damage (ear protection is necessary)
  • Eye damage (eye protection is necessary)
  • Injury to fingers due to operating router (do not adjust router settings when plugged in)
  • Exposure to dust (must use extraction where appropriate)
  • Use of incorrect collets (must check whether ¼ " or 6 mm cutter blade/collett)
  • Workpiece being fired across room (must be clamped in freehand and guards must be used for table operation)
  • Router trigger left enabled (only applies to router table)
  • Router coming out of clamps (only applies to router table)

Insert non-formatted text here== Using the Router ==

Before using the router pelase watch the following video: How to use a router safely (Video)

  • Free Hand Procedure

The operator loosens the collet which hold the router bits by holding the drive shaft secure and loosening the collet nut using the spanner provided with the router. In order to loosen the cutter the drive shaft and bolt are turned away from each-other. They are turned towards each-other to tighten the chuck. The operator places the router bit in the collet chuck and tightens it so that it may not come free during cutting.

The operator also attaches the cutting guard and the parallel on the router for free-hand cuts. The piece of work to be routed must be securely clamped or it should be ensured that it will not move during the cut. The router is turned on (the blade starts spinning) and the router is passed slowly and evenly from right to left against the surface to make the cut. In the case of climb cutting (not normally recommended as this may result in a poor cut finish) this direction is reversed. When the length of the piece has been cut the router is moved away and turned off. The setup procedure is reversed: parallel removed, chuck loosened, blade removed and chuck tightened. Any chippings, dust and other mess is cleaned up and disposed of.

Further Information


We used to have a router table, but it was deemed unsafe and has been removed.


How to use a router safely (Video)

File:Router Owners Manual.pdf


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.