A rabbet is simply an open-sided channel or recess along the edge or across the end of a board or panel. It provides more of a mechanical connection than a butt joint and it’s also great for aligning various components in cabinetry, and even simplified drawer construction. This versatile joint is easy to cut on a router table using a conventional straight-cutting bit.
Most people think that you have to have a staionary jointer if you want to put a flat, straight edge on a rough board. However, if you’ve got a quality router table, especially one with an offsettable fence like the Kreg PRS1040 Router Table or the Bosch RA1181, joining a nice flat straight edge couldn’t be easier. Watch the video to see how quick and easy it is to get a perfect finish.
If you’ve ever had tear-out spoiling your projects while running your workpieces through your router table, adding a zero-clearance fence to your router table is the answer. If you don’t know what that is, watch this video to find out, as well as learning how to set one up for perfect, clean cuts every time.
Making cope and stick doors is a great project to show off the benefits of a mounting your router in a router table, in particular when coping the ends of the top and bottom rails. Using just a pair of cope and stick router bits and a coping sled you can create beautiful paneled doors time after time.
Dovetail joints are an integral part of making drawers due to their mechanical strength – if the glue fails, the joint is still good because of the design of the dovetail. A purpose made jig like the LEIGH RTJ400 Router Table Joinery Jig is one way to cut dovetails on your router table, but it’s possible to do it without using any kind of jig at all.
For the serious router table user, the benefits of using a router lift are huge. With a 3-1/2 HP router mounted in one of these lifts, you’ve got a routing system that can’t be beat for convenience, power and accuracy. With a router lift, all your height adjustments can be made from the top of the table instead of underneath and bit changes no longer require removing the router from the table.
The Incra Mast-R-Lift II shares all of the advantages of the JessEm Mast-R-Lift II on which it is based, but on top of that it’s got Incra’s MagnaLOCK magnetic insert rings which give a number of real benefits compared to other brands’ phenolic inserts – in particular, the height adjustment screws in the four corner tabs.
To get the best out of a router table, you need to be familiar with its components and their functions. We take a quick look at all the standard features of every router table.
We’ve put together a handy comparison chart comparing six of the bestselling router tables so you can compare the features and specifications to make an informed decision and choose the router table that’s right for you.