How did the Router get its name

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Forum topic by Mario posted 04-08-2010 07:37 PM 2547 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2010 07:37 PM

I deal with Cisco Routers by day and Porter cable routers by night and was wondering how the router (tool) got its name. The networking router makes sense, it routes packets from one network to another.

But what about the tool?

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 07:56 PM

The name comes from the process of routing out a hollow channel in wood, you can do this by using a chisel or a gouge. The first routers where manual. similar to a plane. they had an iron (blade) that was narrow and had the width of the channel you wanted to rout out. You could adjust the depth of the cut so that in successive passes you would arrive at the wanted depth.

They still make them:

With the advent of the motorized router and the different router bit shapes available, that allow to also do profiles on the edge of the wood this process is now also called “routing”.

In the past this was accomplished by using a “Moulding Plane”.

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 08:01 PM

According to my dictionary, “route” means to forward or send along, while “rout” means to scoop, hollow or gouge out. “Rout” is a variation of “root”, to dig with the snout.

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 08:27 PM

see ask a question and get well thought out answers!!

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#4 posted 04-08-2010 08:29 PM

Thank you guys.

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