Routing a smooth, clean edge profile on narrow pieces of wood is tricky. Clamps get in the way of the router and it's hard to keep the base from rocking on the narrow surface. Solve both problems by screwing to the workbench a support board that's the same thickness as the workpiece.
One of the most useful items you can add to your shop or garage for woodworking is a router table. As you may know, a router table is a specialized tool with a spindle and machine that allows the user to mold a profile into a piece of wood quickly and easily. The best router tables will allow both of your hands to be free.
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The toughest part of freehand routing is easing the workpiece against the bit. To help you guide parts safely, make a starter pin from a hardwood, brass, or aluminum rod, and securely mount it to the table about 2" from the bit. Brace the workpiece against the starter pin; then slowly rotate it into the bit and bearing.
A router is a hand tool or power tool that a worker uses to rout (hollow out) an area in relatively hard material like wood or plastic. Routers are mainly used in woodworking, especially cabinetry. Routers are typically handheld or fastened cutting end-up in a router table. The hand tool type of router is the original form.
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