Auxiliary Router Bases
A handheld router is an incredibly adaptive tool. Increase that versatility by building this trio of accessories to get even more out of yours.
The router is the go-to tool for making a multitude of profiles and a host of joinery operations. The key to success when using a router is having it set up properly to ensure reliable and repeatable cuts. Here, we showcase a few of the shop-made accessories that we turn to quite often to guarantee success and add to the range of this dynamic tool. The first accessory is a bridge, shown above. Coupled with a pair of hardwood rails, it’s the perfect way to plane large sections of rough stock that can’t be flattened in a traditional manner. Next, is an adjustable mortising jig. This jig, paired with a plunge router, allows you to turn out mortises in the thinnest of material, all the way up to 31 1/4"-thick stock. The last accessory is perhaps the most versatile. It begins with an oversized acrylic base that can be used alone, or with two hardwood feet for flattening smaller surfaces. There’s even an option for attaching a vacuum hose for collecting debris.
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What You Get:
- 10 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- Over 30 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
- Cutting diagram and materials list
- Patterns and Templates
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We'll show you how to build a unique benchtop accessory that converts a common router and a flush trim bit to a powerful jointer tool.
This jig has an indexing feature that allows you to cut perfect-fitting tenons every time, without having to set up the jig each time you use it.
The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.