Numerous router attachments are available that may significantly boost your router’s adaptability. The majority of routers come with a few basic accessories, and many more may be purchased individually. Always verify compatibility with your individual router and if any special guide bushes or cutters are needed before purchasing any accessories.
Router side fences
A kind of router accessory known as a side fence serves as a guide for cutting parallel to or along a straight edge. It is also known as a guide fence or edge guide. The majority of side fences include two guide rods that fit into matching channels on the router’s base, allowing the router to be adjusted to various distances from the edge, and a base with a flat edge, commonly referred to as the “cheek.” A side fence is often included with high-quality routers, although they may also be purchased separately as extras or accessories.
Router beam trammels
You can route consistent circles or arcs in a variety of materials with a beam trammel. A beam trammel attachment with a sharp tip that may be attached to a guide rod from a side fence or a long straight rod with a sharp point fixed at a right angle on the end make up the majority of variants. You may adjust the radius of the circle or arc by inserting the rod into one of the channels in the base of your router and locking it in place at different points along the rod. To steer the router in a smooth circular motion, the point serves as a pivot point. Beam trammels and beam trammel attachments are available individually or as part of certain routers.
Router collect sleeves
A simple metal sleeve called a collect sleeve goes into the router’s collet to make it smaller. This indicates that it can accept cutters with smaller shank sizes than it typically could. Since it’s usually advised to utilise the proper size collet, their usage should only be temporary. They shouldn’t be used for prolonged periods of time or demanding tasks.
Router guide bushes
A tool that inserts into the router’s base plate and directs the router around the edge of anything like a jig or template is known as a guide bush, also known as a “guide bushing,” “template guide,” or “copy ring.” The guide bush fits into the router’s base plate hole and resembles a flat disc. There is a spherical collar, or spigot, that rides along the edge of any guide to imitate its form when the cutter protrudes through the bush. When using jigs, templates, or other guides, it is usually advised to use a guide bush to protect the cutter. When routing around internal or external edges and corners, bushes might be employed. When you purchase a router, you will often get one or more sizes of guide bushes, which are typically composed of steel, brass, or plastic. Since various diameters are required for different cutters and for adjusting the offset, you’ll definitely need more than one bush. The offset, which varies with varying bush and cutter sizes, describes the separation between any template and the cutting edge.
Guide bush collars
A ring that attaches to the spigot of a guide bush is called a guide bush collar. Using a single template, you may route both the inserts and recesses required for inlaying. If purchased separately, a collar will either say which template it should be used with or come with a store-bought template. The collar is placed around the spigot and pushed up against the template edge during routing the inlay recess. The collar is taken off during routing the inlay, enabling the guide bush to run up against the template. As a result, a form that will properly fit into the inlay recess is created.
When using a router, some jigs or guides, often the ones that resemble simple stencils more than anything else, are referred to as templates. They often have one or more slots of various shapes carved into them and are constructed of solid laminate or acrylic. Simple forms, letters, and ornamental lines are examples of common templates.
An expert template known as a “jig” is used to hold a workpiece and direct the tool that is working on it. Due of a router’s adaptability, a wide variety of jigs are available to help with various tasks. They might be more sophisticated setups, like the jigs used for cutting different joints, or they could be relatively basic setups, like a hinge placement jig.
Router fine height adjusters
When precision is really crucial, you may utilise fine height adjusters with certain routers to precisely tune the height of your router cutter. They are an addition that may be rotated for very precise changes to regulate the depth stop. When utilising a dovetail jig or router table with the router, this careful adjustment is often advised. When you purchase certain routers, one of them may be included; for other models, they can be an additional item.