A router table is a stationary woodworking machine in which a vertically oriented spindle of a woodworking router protrudes from the machine table and can be spun at speeds typically between 3000 and 24,000 rpm. Router bits may be mounted in the spindle chuck. As the workpiece is fed into the machine, the cutters mold a profile into it.
In addition to the shop safety rules the following rules should be observed when using the router table.
- Before working with the router mounted to a table make sure all guards are in place and working properly.
- Always choose the correct tool and the proper accessory for your job.
- Always keep bits sharp and clean of rust and pitch to avoid excessive friction.
- When changing a bit, make sure that the machine is unplugged.
- Always use the wrenches provided with the tool to make adjustments.
- After changing the bit or making any adjustments, make sure the collet nut is securely tightened and that the unused portion of the bit is covered by the guard before tool use.
- Before plugging in the router, make sure it is turned off.
- Make the adjustments to the table and fence before turning on the router.
- When making a freehand cut, use a starting pin and a bearing on the bit.
Contacts for training
Contact Brian Adams pr [[user:carlraymond:start|Carl Raymond for training.
- Review of machine and shop safety rules.
- Proper procedures for preparing / setup operations.
- Proper operation and control of machine.
- Proper procedures for cleanup.