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Router joinery workshop : common joints, simple setups & clever jigs
Reed, Carol.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Lark Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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TT203.5 .R44 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is the most comprehensive course ever on making joints with a router. Innumerable and spectacular photographs and illustrations, plus invaluable knowledge straight from "The Router Lady," make each step of the process clear. You'll find a whole host of the newest fixtures and procedures that router expert Carol Reed has devised.

Author Notes

Carol Reed, known as The Router Lady, is a teacher, furniture designer, and builder, plus an avid jig maker. She has taught students the ins and outs of the router for many years at woodworking colleges, shows, guilds, and in her own shop. She builds commissioned custom furniture. Carol's work has been featured in a number of books and magazine articles

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Library Journal Review

Reed (a.k.a. "The Router Lady") has created an outstanding guide to the router that will appeal to both beginning and experienced woodworkers. Part 1 covers router features and tool selection, bits, maintenance, the creation of a number of utilitarian (but effective) jigs from common materials, and basic tool use. Part 2 shows how to make several popular joints: rabbets, dadoes, dovetails, box joints, and mortise and tenons. The latter sections cover template routing and various projects designed to practice specific routing skills (included are plans for a breadboard, a totebox, and a router bit cabinet). Reed does a thorough job of explaining a somewhat complicated tool and its numerous accessories. Routers are very popular because they are so versatile; this title is among the best on the subject and should be considered by all public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Section 1 Tools, Jigs, and Techniquesp. 7
Chapter 1 Choosing a Routerp. 8
Chapter 2 Router Bitsp. 14
Chapter 3 The Router Toolboxp. 21
Chapter 4 Jiggeryp. 33
Base Markerp. 34
Router Tablep. 38
Box Joint Jigp. 46
Push Sticks, Sleds, and Featherboardsp. 49
Router Cradlep. 51
Offset Baseplatep. 52
Router Tracking Systemp. 54
Mortising Fixturep. 55
Dovetail Jigp. 60
Chapter 5 Special Holding Systemsp. 65
The Secret of Hot Gluep. 65
Using a Vacuum Clamping Systemp. 66
Chapter 6 Basic Router Techniquesp. 70
Measuring and Marking Stockp. 70
Hand-Held or Router Table?p. 71
Using a Router Table Fencep. 71
Making a Zero-Clearance Fencep. 71
Routing Without a Fencep. 72
Setting Bit Height and Depthp. 72
Making Safe and Accurate Cutsp. 74
Safe Routing Habitsp. 76
Section 2 The Jointsp. 77
Chapter 7 Rabbetsp. 78
Irregular Small Stockp. 78
Long Grain in Large Stockp. 80
Long Grain in Small Stockp. 80
End Grain in Short Stockp. 81
End Grain in Long Stockp. 81
Chapter 8 Dadoes, Grooves, and Slotsp. 85
Through Dadop. 86
Stopped Dadop. 88
Through Groove in Wide Stockp. 88
Through Groove in Narrow Stockp. 88
Stopped Groove in Wide Stockp. 89
Stopped Groove in Narrow Stockp. 89
Through or Stopped Edge Groovep. 89
Standard Slotp. 91
Rabbeted Slotp. 91
Chapter 9 Box Jointp. 92
Chapter 10 Mortises and Tenonsp. 96
Standard Mortisep. 96
Hinge Mortisep. 100
Tenonsp. 102
Chapter 11 Dovetailsp. 106
Half-Blind Dovetailsp. 106
Sliding Dovetailp. 111
Chapter 12 Special Joints with Special Bitsp. 114
Drawer Lockp. 115
Lock Miterp. 118
Cope and Stickp. 122
Raised Panelp. 125
Section 3 Special Stuffp. 128
Chapter 13 Routing with Templatesp. 129
Template Routingp. 130
Complementary Template Routingp. 132
Template Inlayp. 136
Section 4 Practice Projectsp. 139
Chapter 14 Projects That Test Your Joinery Skillsp. 140
Breadboardp. 141
Toteboxp. 142
Small Bookcasep. 144
Small Tablep. 148
Router Bit Cabinetp. 150
Frame-and-Panel Doorp. 153
Dovetailed Drawer and Router Bit Traysp. 155
Acknowledgmentsp. 158
Indexp. 159