Wood Router Tips and Tricks from Colin Knecht


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33 thoughts on “Wood Router Tips and Tricks from Colin Knecht

  1. I just watched your other video on how to use a router table and I can say with absolute certainty…you need to re-make that video!! It's nine years old and you can tell how far you've come with making videos since then! PLEASE re-make that video! It's awkward, clumsy, has some REALLY BAD editing. So Colin, for the sake of humanity, PLEASE re-shoot that video!

  2. I do not at all understand two things about the end demo in this video:
    1. WHY would you want to do the edge with the wood fence set up, as opposed to doing the same on your table saw? The table saw is faster to set up and faster to cut the wood (and safer, I think!).
    2. Why did you repeatedly call this "planing", and say "if you don;t have a planer"? This looks like jointing, not planing.

  3. 10 minutes 19 seconds your wood piece came away from its fence producing a divot in the workpiece. You then show a perfectly cut piece. My guess is that you had to reposition the fence and give it a second run just enough to scarf off the imperfection that would certainly present itself if you tried to laminate it to another piece of wood.

    After reviewing the video further, at 10:27, just below your index finger there are two marks on the wood that were not on the piece you initially started cutting. And the wood grain appears to be very close but slightly different in that it appears to have moved to a slightly different position.

    Definitely got some good tips. Thanks. But I've been an inspector for closing in on 40 years. I see the mistakes. The imperfections. The stripped screws on those TV shows. Naturally with the TV shows you have editing.

    I will be setting up my wood shop hopefully this April. I have the lumber in the garage and driveway for an addition to my garage and a contractor already contracted to build the addition. So I'm looking for those smart tips that so many others have discovered over the years. I may even begin developing my own wood shop video collection.

  4. Had to watch the dado clip again to understand it. Awesome tip! Excellent explanation of which direction to approach the bit on a router table. The table saw comparison is a great one, not heard it before and easy to visualize. Thx!

  5. OK i have watched this video four times and I still don't get why you need to use the ⅝" measuring strip on the first pass in order to match the thickness of your workpiece when you cut a dado into the plywood… Why couldn't have just used the temporary fence you have clamped as your guide on the first pass… I know i am missing something here, just can't figure out what it is ?

  6. I’m still scratching my head on the dado cut. The spacing from the fence and how you used 2 different spacers, went whoosh! Right over my head.

    Colin, why wouldn’t you just come in from the right on the router table and use the front of the bit? What is the benefit of what you showed?

  7. Wow! These tricks (= very useful knowledge) will save me from a lot of headaches and failed projects in the future!
    I've already a very good Bosch router and the router bits to plane, and I'll drop buying a planer for now, as the router can get the job done…. that is IF I can do my part, and together we'll make perfect results! 😀

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