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How to Use a Pneumatic Router for Pattern Routing

A pin router helps make repetitive pattern cuts easily. The most popular application for pattern routing is sign-making. Learn how to use a pneumatic router for pattern routing.

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use pneumatic router for pattern routing
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Attach the Pattern

To prevent the pattern from slipping, attach it to the board that will be cut. Use flat head screws and countersink them so that they don't interfere with the cut.
Place the pattern and board on the pin router. The template should be facing down and the board to be cut should be facing up. Start the router then drop the bit.

Note: The pin in the pin router corresponds to the router bit above. The bit follows the pin as a cut is made. Different-sized pins are available for different types of applications.

Step 2: Follow the Template

Next, follow the template (Image 1). Make a second pass to clean up the edges, if necessary.

Note: A pneumatic foot pedal plunges the router into the cut and is powered by an air compressor (Image 2). The pin router does not move a very large volume of air, so a large compressor is not necessary to operate the tool.

Tip: If preferred, make a custom pattern to personalize the signs.