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Chester

Chester is older than he likes to admit, a lifelong woodworker with a special interest in everything related to routers, router tables and router lifts in particular. His aim in life is to own everything made by the Kreg Tool Company, and his doctor says he's most likely addicted to anodized aluminum.

Video: How to Cut a Rabbet Using a Router Table

A rabbet is simply an open-sided channel or recess along the edge or across the end of a board or panel. It provides more of a mechanical connection than a butt joint and it’s also great for aligning various components in cabinetry, and even simplified drawer construction. This versatile joint is easy to cut on a router table using a conventional straight-cutting bit.

Video: How To Use Your Router Table as a Jointer

Most people think that you have to have a staionary jointer if you want to put a flat, straight edge on a rough board. However, if you’ve got a quality router table, especially one with an offsettable fence like the Kreg PRS1040 Router Table or the Bosch RA1181, joining a nice flat straight edge couldn’t be easier. Watch the video to see how quick and easy it is to get a perfect finish.

Video: How to Build Cope and Stick Doors

Making cope and stick doors is a great project to show off the benefits of a mounting your router in a router table, in particular when coping the ends of the top and bottom rails. Using just a pair of cope and stick router bits and a coping sled you can create beautiful paneled doors time after time.

Video: How To Make a Drawer with Dovetails on a Router Table

Dovetail joints are an integral part of making drawers due to their mechanical strength – if the glue fails, the joint is still good because of the design of the dovetail. A purpose made jig like the LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig is one way to cut dovetails on your router table, but it’s possible to do it without using any kind of jig at all.

Video: Make Router Table Work Easy – Use A Router Lift

For the serious router table user, the benefits of using a router lift are huge. With a 3-1/2 HP router mounted in one of these lifts, you’ve got a routing system that can’t be beat for convenience, power and accuracy. With a router lift, all your height adjustments can be made from the top of the table instead of underneath and bit changes no longer require removing the router from the table.

Review: INCRA Mast-R-Lift-II Router Lift

The Incra Mast-R-Lift II shares all of the advantages of the JessEm Mast-R-Lift II on which it is based, but on top of that it’s got Incra’s MagnaLOCK magnetic insert rings which give a number of real benefits compared to other brands’ phenolic inserts – in particular, the height adjustment screws in the four corner tabs.

Anatomy Of A Router Table

To get the best out of a router table, you need to be familiar with its components and their functions. We take a quick look at all the standard features of every router table.

Router Table Comparison Chart

We’ve put together a handy comparison chart comparing six of the bestselling router tables so you can compare the features and specifications to make an informed decision and choose the router table that’s right for you.