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Notes from the Shopsmith Woodworking Academy
Freehand routing…is the most common routing method of operation. With freehand routing, the workpiece is held secure while the router is passes over it to make the cut. If you’re using a piloted bit on the edge of a workpiece, the pilot will guide the cut by bearing against the remaining edge of the stock that is not removed during the cut. If you’re using a non-piloted bit to make internal or piercing-type cuts in workpiece edges (example: mortises) or surfaces (example: lettering), you’ll need a jig or template to control your cut.
Overarm routing…is performed with the router motor and cutter mounted in an arm or other holder, above the worktable, which supports the stock during the cut. With this method, the bit remains stationary while the workpiece is guided through the cut by a fence, jig or template. One of the big advantages here is that the workpiece can be held firmly with both hands…and at a comfortable working height…while the rotating bit does its job.
Direction: During overarm routing, the bit is rotating in a clockwise direction…so the workpiece is moved from left-to-right…or in a counter-clockwise direction around perimeters.
Under-table routing…works with an inverted router motor suspended beneath the worktable. As with overarm routing, the workpiece can be grasped with both hands…and at a comfortable working height…while the rotating bit makes the cut. With under-table routing, you must use a fence with non-piloted bits for straight-line routing and a starter pin with piloted bits for optimal safety. WARNING: NEVER attempt to make freehand internal routing cuts with a router table, since the router bit will be out of sight during the cut, making this operation very dangerous.
If you’re a MARK V owner, three examples of under-table routing set-ups are available. The first is powered by the MARK V’s motor and uses Shopsmith’s Speed Increaser to deliver 10,000 rpms of under-table routing. It uses your MARK V’s worktable with an optional adjustable guide fence for straight line operations.