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How To Maintain A Router Table

The wood router table and the router itself is an essential part of any wood worker’s arsenal, the same goes for any carpenter or handyman too. The wood router can help anybody make very precise cuts in the wood, create patterns, and create specific edges. These tools are mostly used in the making of cabinets, shelves, and wardrobes. One of the problems with wood routers and the tables they come with is the fact that they need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. The thing is that you really do need a specialized table to mount the router to in order to get the most out of it. Most people may think that a routing table doesn’t require any maintenance, but unless you want it to get dirty, clogged with wood debris, and have it break down, you definitely need to engage in regular maintenance and cleaning. The general rule is that you need to engage in this maintenance at least every 3 months. Just follow the steps bellow to ensure that your routing table is always clean and ready to go.

Maintaining The Table Surface

The first step in keeping your router table clean is to vacuum it. First you should remove all pieces of wood and wood debris from the surface of the table by hand. After you have done this you should take a vacuum and remove all of the sawdust and wood debris from the surface of the table. Also try to get as much sawdust out of the cracks and crevices of the routing table as possible.

The next step you should take is to use a wet or damp cloth in order to remove any dust that the vacuum couldn’t get. When you use the wet cloth to wipe off the router table you should always wipe from the center of the router table outwards towards the edges. This is to avoid pushing any more dust into the center of the router table and into the bit. When you use the wet cloth to wipe off the router table you should make sure not to get any water into the router bit to avoid damaging it. After you have done this you should use a dry cloth to dry off the router table and wipe off the router bit.

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Maintaining The Router Bit

Maintaining the router bit on the table is also very important to ensuring that the router and the table keep working properly. You should use lubricant to grease up the router bit and then wipe away all excess lubricant. If you see too much wear and tear on either the bit or the collet then they may require replacement.

If the bit is still fine then you should use a damp cloth to wipe any grime or sawdust off of the bit and the outside and the inside of the collet. After you have done this you should use a vacuum to remove the sawdust from the mouth of the router. You should then make sure that the power is cut off and then remove the base plate to vacuum it and wipe it down with a wet cloth. Then you need to dismantle the cutting bit assembly and make sure that the table and the plate are in one even plane; if they aren’t then you may need to use a wrench to even it out. Use a vacuum and wet cloth to remove any sawdust from the top and bottom of the base plate.

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Maintaining The Router Fence

You also need to maintain the fence on the wood router table to make sure that it stays clean and useful. Follow the steps below to ensure that the fence on the routing table is well maintained.

  • If the edges of your wooding fencing are damaged or warped, you can use a saw or the router itself to smooth out the edges. If the wood pieces are far too damaged then you may have to replace them all together.
  • If these wood pieces that make up the fencing show too much signs of wear and tear, you should replace them completely.
  • After you have done that you should check the fasteners of the rail. Detach the fasteners and use standard issue lubricant to grease the fasteners. If the fasteners are lubricated, place them in the rail groove. If they move smoothly then all is fine and if there is no smooth movement you should replace the fasteners.
  • Once this has been done you should actually remove the fasteners and fence completely in order to wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any sawdust and wood debris.
  • Once you have replaced all of the pieces you should try to push together the pieces of the split rail. If there is any space in between them then you may need to replace one or both parts of the split rail.
  • Once all of these steps have been completed you can put the rail and fence back together to complete the router table cleaning process.

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