Best Compilation of Router Information

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Review by Sir_Robert posted 08-25-2008 11:21 PM 3397 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The September 2008 special issue of Wood magazine, titled “Best-Ever Router Tips, Tricks and Jigs” is an A-to-Z guide to using routers more effectively. For the novice, there’s a good presentation on uses for various bits. For all woodworkers, there are 34 jigs and several skill-building helps that solve some of the problems of routing, such as burnouts, chip prevention on corners. Important safety tips are also included.

The magazine gives the skinny on selecting the right router table, and provides plans for making your own fences, table inserts, hold-downs and a display rack for your bits. [Although I personally prefer to store my bits separately inside a clear plastic compartmental box (like a tackle box) to keep them from getting damaged or lost.]

For $7.00, you get a lot of information and, unlike many other mags, it isn’t a rehash of articles that were covered in other woodworking magazine over the past year.

Editorial Comment: While this particular magazine has a refreshing and different approach to their articles, others don’t. They just take the same topic, change a few dimensions, put an extra jig on it and paint it a different color. Viola, another cover story. For instance, if I see one more article about building the “Ultimate” router table, I’m going to puke! They’re all starting to look the same. And I certainly don’t recommend spending $6 to $10 on a magazine just to read another variation of a topic that’s been beaten to death.

By the way, I don’t have a picture of the magazine cover and the Review requires a picture to get posted, so I’ve included a picture of my Anatomically-Correct Reindeer Pencil Sharpener. Enjoy.

-- Sir Robert

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#1 posted 08-26-2008 12:48 AM

I love the pencil sharpener!

I too have this issue and it has some good articles. Somewhere out there is a coupon you can download to get a dollar off of this issue.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 08-26-2008 10:29 PM

I have subscribed to wood magazine & waiting for the first issue. First saw it in Honolulu & was impressed with the content.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 08-27-2008 05:32 AM

Very good review. I saw this in the store the other day and bought it. Thanks. It is definitely something to refer to often.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 03:22 PM

I got that mag. well worth the money. You are absolutely right it is a good buy.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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