“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.
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.