How To Use A Router (Section 3)

How To Use A Router

Techniques, Tips and Guides on all aspects of working with a Handheld Router

Section 3: Routing Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens

How to join Kitchen Worktops / Counters using a Router

The joint between worktops that meet has often been made by fitting a surface mounted joining strip.

These are both unhygienic and unsightly. Post form jigs can be hired or purchased to produce a near invisible joint within 15 minutes.

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The main use of the jig is to produce the mason’s mitre which consists of a male and female routed edge which will perfectly match.

The underside is recessed to accept panel butt connectors which will hold the joint together tightly. Biscuit jointing is recommended for greater strength and alignment of the joint.

There are several applications for postform jigs, from cutting 90° joints, mitre corner joints for hobs, peninsular joints and corner finishes, either straight or rounded.

The jig consists of precision machined slots which guide the router.

Bushes are positioned in various combinations of holes to align the jig on the worktop. The holes are colour coded for easy recognition.

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The router is fitted with a 30mm guide bush and a 1/2” router cutter. The jig is held in place by either quick action clamps or optional clamping brackets.

Paneling

New bath panels can be made from natural timber or MDF boards and decorated to give a solid panelled effect.

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1. Cut new panels to size, allowing for any pipework and fixing locations.

2. Mark the new bath panel with location for the decorative work on the panel.

3. Design a template to the shape of the panelling you require from MDF or plywood.

To make the template use the router with a beam trammel to produce the arcs and batten guides for the straight edges.

Ensure that the template is accurate and free from blemishes as these will be replicated in the final work piece.

4. Use clamps or double-sided tape to hold the template to the workpiece in the first position required.

Fit a bearing guided panel cutter or similar and allow the bearing guide to follow the template.

Alternatively use a standard panel cutter and fit a guide bush to the base of the router to guide it around the template.

5. Set the depth stop on the router to the depth required.

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6. Rout in a number of passes following the template anti-clockwise. Repeat procedure for all panel positions.

Fitting a false shoe to a section of the router base made from any flat material will help prevent it from tipping as you follow the template.

Related Routing Pages:

Routing 1: Introduction, Safety, Holding The Work, Template Use

Routing 2: Windows & Doors

Routing 3: Kitchen & Bathrooms

Routing 4: Joinery