DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Front view of a typical router with a guide fence installed.
Check the manual for details of your model. Most have a stopper block can store three settings at once — this saves time when a job involves routing at different depths. Use an even speed when pushing the router across wood: If you go too fast the cut will be rough, but go too slowly and burn marks may appear. Do not reduce the bit speed until it is clear of the surface.
Many different cutting bits are available, the most common being groove bits and edge bits. Tungsten-carbide-tipped bits offer high quality, and some may be titanium-impregnated. HSS (high-speed steel) is another common material. Bits are often purchased in boxed sets, but they can be bought separately.