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How to safely use a router bit

How to safely use a router bit

Chris P |

Using a router bit can be dangerous if proper safety measures are not taken. Here are some steps to follow to safely use a router bit:

  1. Wear safety gear: Always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris. Additionally, consider wearing a dust mask, hearing protection, and gloves.

  2. Select the correct router bit: Choose a router bit that is appropriate for the task you are performing and ensure that it is securely mounted in the router.

  3. Adjust the depth of cut: Adjust the depth of cut so that the bit does not cut too deep and cause kickback. Generally, it is best to make several shallow passes rather than one deep pass.

  4. Secure the workpiece: Ensure that the workpiece is securely clamped to the workbench or other stable surface before you begin routing.

  5. Use a guide: Consider using a router guide or template to ensure that your cuts are straight and accurate.

  6. Move the router in the correct direction: When using the router, move it in the opposite direction of the rotation of the bit. This will help to prevent kickback and ensure a smooth cut.

  7. Turn off the router before changing bits: Always turn off the router and unplug it before changing bits or making adjustments.

By following these safety measures, you can use a router bit safely and effectively. Always use caution and common sense when working with power tools.