Router Bit Story Board

On a flat 1-1/2 in. thick hardwood board, rout profiles and various cutting depths of your favorite bits. Then use that board to

router bit story board

“What’s a router?” my 19-year-old daughter Laura asked me last week. “Ah, next to a table saw, probably the most versatile power tool for woodworking,” I said, waxing eloquent. She wasn’t impressed, but if she ever becomes a woodworking addict like me, she’ll appreciate this cool tip from Scott Lee.

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On a flat 1-1/2 in. thick hardwood board, rout profiles and various cutting depths of your favorite bits. Then use that board to (1) set and adjust your favorite cutting depths for rabbet, dado, dovetail, cove, and stile and rail bits; and (2) check out the profile or contour before routing it on a project. Take time to label all the cuts with a permanent marker, and start with an extra large board that will accommodate both current bits and future purchases.