To become a pesional wood working we must have some thing:
The first, Wood Router Kit
There are many kinds of wood router kit out there. Vary from the speed, power, performance, quality, sound, and of course price. You surely do not have to buy the most expensive one to start using wood router if you are a newbie to the wood router world. Then if you look closely, you would able to find the not so expensive one but still quite capable of doing its job and also suitable for you. It is not really hard to find the right one for you. There are lots of wood router reviews that you can look up in the internet to give you some guides before buying one.
You can use this kit in two ways, either attach it to the router table or hold it with your hands, handheld the wood router. There are also three kinds of bases that are available for a wood router. Plunge base, fixed base, and interchangeable bases. Plunge base allows you to lower down the router so it is best for cutting woods in the middle part, best to use like making dadoes. Meanwhile, you can not do anything with the fixed base because it is fixed. So fixed base usually useful for cutting edges.Otherwise, the interchangeable bases allows you to use either plunge or fixed base. I think the interchangeable is the most efficient one because it will suites whatever you need. When you need it to cut for the edges than you can change the base to the fixed base and when you need it for making dadoes than just change it to the plunge base.
The second, Router Bits
This might be the hardest thing to choose because there are surely a lot to choose from. There are a serious amount of types of this router bits.
The most common and use it quite a lot might be the straight-cutting bit. There are also a whole lot different types of diameter of this bits based on what you need but the basic one is ¼ inch.
The second most common router bit is the Roman Ogee bit. This will give you a perfect shape for your molding, this shape of molding is also quite popular as the most common shape people used for molding.
Next one is the rabbeting bit. Something that you make, that needs rabbets, will be a waste if the rabbets itself is not click and fit to the other part cause it will be unstable. With this wood router bit, you can easily make a perfect rabbets joint.
Last but not lease, the other most important bits that you need is the rounding-over bit. This bit is use for smooth out any sharp edges of a table or a chair or anything that needed to be smooth out.
There is also a custom router bits. This will allow you to make a router bits in a size and shape that you wanted. People usually use this to make a hole for the door knob and the drawer pulls.
The important thing is you know what you are going to make then you will be able to find the router bits that you need. If you have chosen the right router bits then it will give you a great result. But when you choose the wrong router bits, you might get some problem. The result will not be the same as you wanted because every router bits have different function and will give you different shape to your woods.
The thirt, Router Table
As I said before, you can use the wood router in two ways. First, hold it with your hand and second, attach it to the router table. Some cutting needs to be done by attach the wood router to the router table. That is why you need this table. There are lots of types of this router table on the market. From the simplest one to the most complicated one. The thing you must pay attention to is the router table must have a flat top so when you are cutting on top of it, your woods won’t turn into some kinda’ like a wave. The other important thing is the base plate, which you will be attached the wood router to. It has to be a solid one so it won’t shaking and should be remains flat.
Fourth, Coping Sleds
This thing might seems unnecessary but trust me you are going to need one. Making something that has to be in a straight line might be a little bit frustrating. So you need something to be a guide. On the other hand, working with the wood router means you have to move it around to build a shape you wanted your woods to be. Because you move it around, if the woods does not have a great grip than it will be moving around too. You can not hold the woods with your hands because both of your hands will be holding the wood router. That is why you need this tool to grip on tightly to the woods and guide you through the cutting process.
Riveth, Hearing Protectors
This is not really a have to thing to have if you want to start using your wood router. But, it will surely save you ears from the buzzing sound of the wood router. Different machine will have different volume of it sounds too. So, if you want to save your ears from those evil sounds than you need to buy hearing protectors.
Those who are new to the wood router world might need some time to learn how to use it and have a fully control to this machine. But once you get the hang of it, then making your own DIY wood project will be such an easy task to do. Make sure you have chosen the right equipment for you that you are not wasting your money on it. Then you are good to go explore.