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Using a Router Table as a Jointer

Not everyone can afford all the tools of a professional level wood shop and big investments like a jointer may not be worth if you are only going to use them occasionally.

For some tools you can double up on their uses which helps same on money and space, but don’t assume you’ll get the best results or the versatility of a dedicated tool for the job.

Cutting stick with a hand saw or a table saw can leave the edges with some small irregularities and saw marks.

A jointer excels at making your edges super smooth for gluing.

Is it possible to you turn your router into a jointer?

Yes you can use a router table as a jointer but only as an edge jointer for removing small nicks and bumps on your edges.

The one advantage a router has over a jointer is in the blade selection for the router bits.

Modern carbide router bits can cut through particle board and MDF with ease, unlike a more traditional jointer that uses steel based cutters.

A carbide straight bit is the one to go for.

Taller, thinner bits should be avoided as they can suffer from chatter which may actually make the quality of your edge worse rather than better.

Smaller, thicker bits will perform much better especially if you use a slow feed rate, a 1/2 inch carbide bit is a great choice.

You’ll need a shim of roughly 1/16 inch of plastic or hardwood(as long as it is perfectly uniform in shape you should be good)

How to use a Router Table as a Jointer

The key to setting up a router table for use as a jointer is to have perfectly straight in-feed and out-feed fences that are offset from each other.

You’ll need to set both fences to be perfectly parallel to each other, for those with a one piece fence this will not be an issue.

  1. Unplug you router and install the bit into the router
  2. Clamp the shim to your out-feed fence.
  3. Use a perfect straight edge to adjust the fence so that the shim lines up perfectly with the edge of your bit at the bits widest point.
  4. Assuming the router is still unplugged turn the bit by hand and insure that the straight edge is perfectly in line with it as it turns.
  5. Tighten the fence so that it is firmly fixed in place.
  6. The difference between the in-feed and out-feed fence should now be 1/16th inch which exactly how much material you will be removing from the stock material.
  7. No test a small cut by pushing the stock along the in-feed fence and check that the stock is running perfectly flush with the out-feed table after the router has made the cut.

What Can You Do with a Router Table

The router is a fantastic tool as it can be used for multiple purposes and there are many options when it comes to choosing which router you should buy depending on your budget and the jobs you will be using it for.

A good router table is one of those must-have types of workshop tools that every woodworker wants to have.

Router tables are very helpful for many functions, including;

  • Template work
  • Grooves , dadoes
  • Flush trimming edges of stock to create flush joints
  • Molding joints where the top resides over the edge of the frame (like crown molding)
  • Dovetail or box joins
  • Paneling
  • Use as a Jointer

I have been using a router table for years to help with woodworking. It is very helpful when making cabinets or anything that requires a lot of rounding and shaping.

There is always a way to make projects easier to do and with the right tools you can have success in just about anything you want to try.

What Can You Do with a Router Table?

1. Edge Trimming

Routers excel at trimming the edges of stock especially if it is to some type of pattern when using a template to guide the router bit.

If you ere using a hand router then this will become a lot more awkward to handle all the moving pieces involved.

But if you are using a router table you get a lot more control as the bit is in a fixed position and you can attach the template to the piece of stock and then move the stock about the bit matching the exact contours of the template.

2. Template Work

As discussed above using a template is much easier when you are use a router that is fixed to the underside of a table.

A table give you a very secure flat surface from which to work on. If you only have a hand held router then you will have to clamp your stock to a work bench and then make sure that you have enough room and clearance to move the bit to the exact contour of the template.

3. Dovetail Joints

Using a dovetail jig is great if you are looking to make a lot of very simple joints with a router.

They are particularly effective as a time saving device in a busy furniture shop.

However the actual jigs themselves are quite limited in the types of cuts you can make.

Mounting your router to a table allows you to make much more complex dovetails as you are less limited by the exact outline of a conventional dovetail jig.

4. Use as a Jointer

If you can’t afford to have a dedicated jointer in your wood shop then a you can use a router table as a jointer for edge jointing.

If you find some of your edges are not perfect after cutting with a table saw then using a router to straighten the edge is a great substitute for a jointer.

You’ll need to be able to offset the infeed and the outfeed edges of the fence.

Certain brands such as Rockler make this easy as the outfeed fence can have purpose made shims added in behind it to reat an offset of about 1/16th of an inch.

5. Stopped Cuts

Stopped cuts are any cuts that need to reach only a certain distance in from the edge of your stock.

When using a router table to make these cuts you have the added advantage of having the fence on the table.

Setting the fence up once in the beginning means you can make repeatedly accurate cuts on several pieces.

Doing this by hand can be extremely cumbersome and prone to error.

Best Router Table 2020/2021 – [Buyers Guide]

Choosing the best router table for your wood shop is not easy and the choice will normally be dictated by your budget, how much use it will be getting, and how exactly you will be using it.

Although a hand held router is quite versatile there are significant advantages to mounting your router on a table.

Table mounted routers will generally be safer particularly if you are using large bits. Larger bits can have a much bigger 'kick', if a large bit hits a knot it can kick a lot harder than you might think.

I'd rather not have high speed bit kick in my hands, with a router table the bit remains stationary and it is the wood that kicks, which is much safer.

A router table is also better if you are cutting very small pieces of stock as it is much easier to work a small piece against a bit, than a bit against a small piece.

For best results and safer operation, bits that cut the 'tongue' in tongue and groove, raised panel bits, shaper's for moldings, and such, the router should really be installed in a table.

As a general rule if you feel that controlling the router by hand is not safe then mounting it on the underside of a router table is the best solution.

To get the best of both worlds i.e table mounted and handheld routing a two base combo kit that comes with a fixed and a plunge base is the best solution.

You bolt the fixed base to your table and use the plunge base for hand held work

Below is a list of the best router tables that are available in the market.

Best Router Table

1. Bosch Benchtop Router Table RA1181

The Bosch Benchtop Router Table RA1181 offers many useful features that help it stand out from this pack, including the following:

  • Two adjustable feather boards
  • Three mounting plate insert rings
  • Adjustable clear guard
  • Outfeed fence shims
  • Dual outlet switch
  • Dust collection port 
  • 27 x 18-inch work surface

Along with these features, the Bosch RA1181 router table is backed with a one-year warranty. 

The tall aluminum fence includes adjustable face plates for more support and smoother cutting. However, the main strength of the RA1181 router table is that it works with almost any portable router. It even includes hardware for mounting almost any Bosch router.

The Bosch RA1181 router table is also lightweight. It weighs about 35 pounds, making it one of the lightest options available. Despite the lightweight design, the RA1181 still offers a decent work surface. The surface measures 27 x 18-inches, which is big enough for most tasks.

You also get a dual outlet switch, a dust collection port, and two adjustable feather boards. These features provide more adjust-ability, increasing the versatility of the table.

If you must find a disadvantage to the Bosch bench-top router table, you may not like the plastic legs. While the table is durable and well built, the plastic legs were an odd choice that may not hold up after years of heavy duty use. 

The Bosch RA1181 bench-top router table may not be the top table available. However, it does offer the best value for your money. It is one of the most affordable options, yet it provides many positive features that make it suitable for professionals or hobbyists.

The RA1181 is lightweight, versatile, and highly adjustable. The only issue is the plastic legs. In the end, the Bosch RA1181 bench-top router table is the best buy in this price range.

2. SKIL RAS900 Router Table

This SKIL RAS900 has everything you need to set up and get started, or to take your hobby to the next level.

It measures 28” x 17.75” x 9.25”, so most adults will be able to use it comfortably. The wide legs are stable and feel solid. It is relatively lightweight at 31.7 pounds, which means that it’s easy to set up and move around if necessary, but it may not be ideal for the heaviest jobs.

It is a self-contained unit and it arrives pre-assembled, with very little set up required. The legs fold for easy storage and transport.

The table boasts an efficient and compact design with an integrated storage bag for accessories, additional accessory storage compartments, a laminated MDF top, dual feather boards, a starter pin and guard for support, and a bit height gauge.

It also has features a quick-release router mount.

 Some of the routers that it is compatible with include:

  • Skil 1830, 1322
  • Bosch 1617
  • DeWalt DW617, DW618
  • Makita RF1100, RF1101
  • Porter-Cable 690, 7529, 892-895
  • Craftsman 17508, 17542, 26620, 17533, 17528, 17511, 17541, 26834, 28190.

If you want to use a different router, you can mark and drill holes in the marking plate.

Overall, this is an excellent entry-level router table for the money. It is easy to set up and it has plenty of features, including integrated storage for accessories.

All but the tallest adults will be able to use it comfortably, and the predrilled holes can accommodate many popular brands and models of routers (plus, it’s easy enough to alter if needed). 

Although it is light in weight, it is designed for stability and will be more than adequate for most projects. However, if you’re a professional or serious hobbyist, it may not live up to the demands of heavy use.

3. Kreg PRS2100 Bench Top Router Table

The Kreg PRS2100 is a benchtop router table, which means that it is designed to sit on top of a bench or another worktable.

Although it can be used on its own if necessary, it’s very low to the ground at 30” x 19.25” x 4.75”. It weighs in at 26.1 pounds, so it is both sturdy enough to stand on its own and light enough to easily mount on another tabletop. The wide-set steel legs add to its stability.

Although it’s compact, this router table offers most of the features that full-size tables do. The router insert plate can support even the largest routers and it comes with three of the most popular sizes of Level-Loc Reducing Rings that can be twisted in and locked flush to the plate surface (other rings can be purchased separately).

Laser-engraved mounting guidelines and a set of precision levelers also come with it.

You also get a new and improved industrial-quality fence with adjustable cam clamps. The fence is crafted from anodized aluminum with adjustable sliding faces.

It is designed so that you can also use it as a vertical jointer, which makes this table a great choice for people who need to use it on job sites since it can do double duty.

Other helpful features are the Easy-Slide skin, a miter gauge slot, thick rubber feet to provide stability and reduce vibration, and a vacuum shroud to keep your work area clean and tidy.

This bench top router table is an excellent choice for people who already have a solid work table that can support it, or people who need something that they can easily transport and set up on job sites.

It is designed for professional use, but it can certainly be at home in your home workshop. It is full-featured and sturdy while remaining light and portable.

4. KREGPRS1045 Router Table System

This is a full-featured, full-sized router table for professionals or serious hobbyists.

The sturdy steel legs adjust from 31” to 39” in height, and the table top measures 24” x 32”.

It weighs in at just a hair under 70 pounds, so once you’ve got it set up, you’ll probably want to keep it in place. 

The predrilled router plate fits most major brands of routers, and it’s easy to modify if your router is not included in the templates. This table is easy to set up, adjust, and use. It comes complete with the stand, a table top and insert plate, and a router table fence. Optional casters are sold separately.

The sturdy steel stand is powder-coated for durability and easy cleanup. The table top is made from durable MDF material and covered in Easy-Slide micro-dot high-pressure laminate, and the router plate has three molded Level-Loc reducing rings.

The table top includes a miter channel/T-slot that is compatible with many popular accessories and tools. With the T-square style router fence, you get a micro-adjust wheel for precision work and two fully independent fence faces for zero-clearance support.

You’ll also appreciate that the outfeed anchor has been redesigned for easier removal and more usable table surface. It comes with jointing rods and insert plate levelers as well.

This industrial-style and industrial-strength table is made for serious work. It’s big and it’s expensive, but it’s a great choice for those who are able to take full advantage of its strengths.

The adjustable height and wide, sturdy legs mean that almost everyone will feel comfortable using this table, which is another reason why it may be great for a shop piece.

The attractive blue finish is powder-coated so it will look great for years. It can be used with nearly any router, and you can add casters for convenience.

5. Bosch Cabinet Style Router Table RA1171

This Bosch router table is designed in a cabinet style, which provides stability without increasing weight or size.

The cabinet-style design also reduces noise and improves dust removal. There are two dust collection ports with standard vacuum hose outlets.

There is also an additional accessory slot that can be used for additional featherboards, a miter gauge, or any other 3/4-inch accessories. The table measures 25.5” x 15.88” x 18” and weighs 42 pounds.

It can be mounted on any work bench or table, and it can even be used on its own if need be (such as if you are using it at a work site).

With your purchase, you get the cabinet-style benchtop table, a set of three mounting plate insert rings and mounting hardware, two adjustable feather boards, an adjustable clear guard, a starter pin and guard, two outfeed fence shims, and a dual outlet switch.

This is a very versatile table. The router mounting plate fits many popular brands and models of routers, and the height adjustment is above the table’s surface.

The featherboards are easy to use and easy to adjust for precision and versatility. The aluminum fence has adjustable MDF faceplates.

The fence is tall and therefore can handle taller stock as well as provide additional control and guidance while you are working. 

The Bosch Cabinet Style router table is attractive, compact, convenient, and efficient, and it comes at a very attractive price.

If you do not need a full-size router table, this is an excellent choice and an excellent value. It is thoughtfully designed to maximize usage and efficiency, and it is loaded with helpful features for novice through serious woodworkers.

You’ll appreciate the quality and versatility of this table in your home workshop no matter what router you use or what projects you have in mind.

6. Craftsman Router & Table Combo

This Craftsman router and router table combination set is a great way to get started or get serious about your woodworking hobby. The set includes a 1.75 horsepower router and a table with 334 square inches of surface space, as well as a wrench, manual, and other accessories.

The 9.5-amp Craftsman router operates at 27,000 rpm. It has sealed and permanently lubricated ball bearings for reliability, and it can cut through hard woods including hickory. The bit depth and collet are adjustable.

The table features a laminated top that is 11/16” thick. It has a mounting plate that accommodates most major brands of routers, including but not limited to Craftsman routers.

The cutting height adjustment is above the table for most routers, which is very convenient. It comes with three insert rings of varying sizes. The fence is also adjustable with infeed and outfeed extending up to 2”, and a jointing offput of up to 9/16”.

Cutting depths are lockable and adjustable to micro-fine levels. The miter gauge can adjust up to 60 degrees in either direction. There is a dust extraction port and a double outlet power strip that has a safety lock.

This is an excellent entry-level package that sets you up with everything you need and then some. It’s convenient and a great value.

Serious and/or professional woodworkers will likely need something that’s more heavy duty and fully featured, but if you’re looking to get things done around the house or learn some new skills, this is a great choice at a great price and you won’t regret getting started with it.

Craftsman has been around for many decades and they know what people need.

7. Bosch RA1141 Portable Benchtop Router Table

This Bosch portable benchtop router table is designed to be mounted on a workbench or work table, although it can be used on its own if you need something portable.

It measures 26” x 16.5” x 14”, and it comes pre-assembled for ease of setup and transport. You get the benchtop router table, mounting hardware, three mounting plate insert rings, an adjustable clear guard, two adjustable featherboards, two outfeed fence shims, and a starter pin and starter pin guard.

It has wide, sturdy, foldable legs for stability, and there are storage compartments inbuilt in the legs.

The Easy Click mounting plate requires no leveling and is compatible with major brands and models of routers including:

  •  Bosch 1617-Series
  • Craftsman 17508, 17511, 17528, 17533, 17541, 17542, 26620, 26834, 28190, 73277
  • DeWalt DW616, DW618
  • Hitachi M12VC
  • Makita RF1100, RF1101
  • Milwaukee 5615, 5616
  • Porter-Cable 690-Series, 892-895-Series, 7529 Plunge Router
  • Ryobi R163K
  • Skil 1810, 1815, 1820, 1825.

The table features a smooth, laminated MDF top with adjustable laminated MDF faceplates. It has a bit height gauge for easy set up and precise cuts. There is a tall fence that can accommodate tall stock, and the dual feather boards provide extra control. The starter pin and guard support the work piece and also allow for better control. 

This is a great table for light duty or new/casual woodworkers. It’s easy to set up and store, and it’s an excellent value when you consider all the features it comes with. The table is light enough to transport easily but it can also live on your work table permanently. It’s thoughtfully designed with little extras such as storage compartments in the legs. You’ll appreciate how efficient and compact it is. If you’re looking for something for a new workshop or something that can go on the road with you, this just might be it.

How to Install a Router Bit

When you think about purchasing a wood router, you will find a variety of choices in the form of various shapes, sizes, cost and benefits. Thus in order to select an ideal one you should have a clear idea about intent of use of this impressive wood working tool.

Safe use of a quality router bit is only ensured when you are using right size and have properly installed the bit in the router’s collet.

A router bit if not properly installed can result in improper functionality and bit may also get permanently damaged.

Thus a wood router user before using a wood router should make sure that the bits are clean, sharp, and functional and they have learned how to install a router bit correctly in order to get the desired results out of this machine.

How to Install a Router Bit

Here we are not just talking about tightening collet nut but proper installation of a router bit means much more. We are now sharing some of the important details that would guide you on proper installation and use of a router bit with a wood router:

Router Bit Size: One of the most important considerations is to get a router bit that is appropriate size for your specific wood router. You will find different sizes of router bits in SAE and metric. Thus look for specification that would fit in your router collet otherwise it would not function properly and will be of no use to you.

Router Bits for Intended Use: Before installing a router bit in your router’s collet, make sure that it would be able to serve the purpose you desire. A wood worker deals with straight cutting, molding, joinery, rabbit, stile, edge and many other types of router bit. Each one of them has their own purpose of use. You cannot and should not use a rabbit bit for lamination of edges, straight cutting bit for joinery and so and so forth. So make sure that you are choosing right labor for right job.

Setting up Bit for Installation: First and foremost you must go through instructions given by your router manufacturer in order to avoid causing any irreparable damage to your equipment. Install the bit in to the router’s collet but make sure that you do not excessively tighten it. The bit must not be seated as you tighten it but you should insert the bit until the router shank reaches collet bottom. Loosen it up at around 1/8 to ¼ inches before completely tightening the collet.

When you are done tightening the bit, the bit shank should not be less than 3/4 inches. If in case you find that it is shorter in the collet, you should not use that bit and better opt for a replacement.

Adjustment of Height: Now that you are done with tightening of router bit, you should adjust correct height for router. Adjustment of height depends upon your particular model and manufacturer of wood router. For adjustment, you should bring router down towards the base and then adjust height as required according to your work piece and cut type that you wish to perform with the tool.

Additional Tips for Router Bit Installation

  • A user must make sure that correct type of bit is used with correct depth for a specific purpose.
  • Router bit must be used in correct direction for cutting.
  • If you find that your router bit is damaged, burned, dull or chipped, avoid using it. Sharpen your dull bits and replace damaged ones before using your wood router.
  • Safety always should be considered while using any wood working tool. Before using your router bit, it is important that you should take all safety measures and precautions such as wearing protection for eyes and ears in order to avoid any dangerous accident.
  • Make sure that apart from using an appropriate router bit, you must set your router at an appropriate speed. Having incorrect router bit or speed would have negating effects on performance of your wood router and your router bit may even break when using router at an incorrect speed.
  • Moreover after installation of bit, you must give router some time to come at its full speed for use. You should not begin any routing before your router reaches the chosen level of speed. Failing to do so can affect performance.


It is recommended that one should opt for a good quality router bit as quality of cut depends primarily on quality of your router bit. Proper installation is crucial in order to get the routing results you desire.

Improper installation and setting up of router bit can damage your bit, work piece and even your wood router and can give you expense of repair and maintenance.

Not only that but it could also result in a disaster for human safety. So, it is best to have router bit installed properly according to instructions of your manufacturer.

Many of the router bits would give you positive results when used on a router table with fence. So if you have budget, it is best to arrange for all the safety and convenience measures that can make wood working simpler and easier for you.

Router Bits for Beginners

​No doubt these tools are really popular among wood workers as a wood router offers varied benefits at their workplace for even complex wood edging, trimming, shaping and other similar projects.

With the use of a proper router bit with your router, you can get a complex edging done or a square grooving or many other tasks with ease. Another factor that adds on the benefits is that you can find a wide variety of wood routers including casual hand held ones as well as heavy duty industrial use ones.

All that creative cutting and edging is done by the router bit. The best router bits are made from high grade materials and even as a beginner you should try to buy the highest grade bits. Specialized bits are available that are designed for specific wood working jobs. So when you already have a new wood router, the next thing to think about is which bits you should buy?

Router Bits for Beginners

Wood routers make use of the bit side for cutting just as a drill machine uses bit tip for making a cut. The key aspect is that it cuts sideways. Two basic types of routers are there including plunge routers and fixed routersBoth of these are hand-held routers include an electric motor with variable speed. It includes a collet for a bit held above the base where router is placed during cutting operation. There are two basic factors over which a beginner’s decision for buying a router bit should depend.

  1. Shank Size: Shank is the part of bit that connects the bit to its router. The shank is a smooth shaft inserted in collet and you usually get two different sizes of shuck including 1/4 and 1/2 inch. The 1/2 inch is considered more useful as large size gives you increased rigidity and makes way for smoother performance of cuts. Some of the large size bits may however only come with large shank and vice versa.
  2. Material: Router bits are made up of high speed steel (HSS) or carbide. Steel ones are considered less expensive however more powerful and useful are the carbide ones that give you sharper edging and cutting performance. Carbide bits tend to hold the edge for a time frame much longer than that with the steel ones. These are also considered more appropriate for carrying out multiple re-grindings for edge restoration. With all these benefits and improved performance, carbide bits are expensive but their durability makes it a good investment decision.

When talking about router bits, there are three basic types of router bits that perform varied functions as discussed below:

  1. Fluted Cutter: The word flute itself speaks for what function this router bit is suitable for performing referring to the edge cutting. This type of router bit is appropriate for making simple, smooth and straight cuts/trimmings.
  2. Profile Cutter: For more complicated edging along with shaping, the profile cutter is perfect choice. In fact without use of profile cutters, complex edging tasks cannot be performed.
  3. Helical Cutter: The helical cutters are used for drilling, shaping as well as for varied trimming jobs. This router bit type is most suitable for drilling through soft material and they are usually used with plunge routers.

When a new wood worker begins wood working, reviews of wood routers really help them in making a buying decision. Same is the case with router bits however with a wide variety of bits available in market that offers you diversity of work with high quality performance and durability; it is difficult to confine your purchase to some most suitable bits.

You would be attracted to invest money in a router bit set as they seem to offer you more value however you should think if it would give beginner same value as it gives to an experienced professional. The answer may be No! The reason would be that as a new wood worker, you may not be using many of the bits in the set on a regular basis.

Here we have listed some of the most basic and more useful router bits for a new wood router. Beginners will find these router bits really helpful in their basic projects and above all you need not to spend a high price. These are bits that are justified for their cost for beginners.

  • Roundover Bit: The roundover bit is a perfect choice for sharp edge cutting of a wood board. Wood workers can make consistently accurate rounded edges throughout the length of their work piece with the use of this bit. You will find different sizes of such bits that enable you to make varied sizes of edges. It is recommended that you buy a small or medium size that would work well for your jobs.
  • Chamfer Bit: For making creative bevel cuts and for decorative edging, chamfer bit is good. You can create edges at different angles and can give sharp edges with this bit. With chamfer bit, you can get a large size as this bit just makes angled bevel and you can use it for large and small chamfer cuts.
  • Solid Carbide Spiral Upcut Bit: This bit gives you diversified usage and can help you in making dados, rabbits as well as for This is a bit costly in comparison to others but it is justified for the cost by offering smarter, quicker and better cuts with quality.
  • Flush Trim Bit (bearing guided): This bit is ideal choice for trimming laminates as well as for pattern routing. Pattern routing refers to a process where you need to create exact copies by following pattern. Flush cut bit is used for trimming all your work pieces in one pattern to give you a final work piece. This bit trims your work piece to a size slightly more than final one and then the work piece is patterned with sided tape. Work piece is trimmed according to pattern that rides over bearing.


As a beginner in wood working, it is best to understand all the features and functions of various kinds of router bits in order to make a wise purchase decision. The main factor that affects the decision would be nature of your projects.

Analyze what router bits you will need for your work on regular basis and in the first phase just buy those. Gradually as you get more experience and work, you can always make increases in your tools kit. Remember that you need not only buy all the stuff but need to maintain your wood router well with all its parts and accessories for longer use and performance.

Router Bit Types – Which Bits?

​Understanding the most commonly used router bit types and how and when they should be used is an essential skill for any budding woodworker.

Wood workers deal with a variety of different projects that includes varied materials, sizes and thickness of stock.

Wood is a popular material that they prefer to work with for construction of varied types of projects. Shaping of wood holds a significant position in such projects and thus you will a number of tools related to wood shaping.

One such tool is a wood router. Routers are popular tools that makes wood working easier and this tool is nothing without use of a proper router bit. Creative shaping of a wood piece is done with the use of an appropriate router bit.

When opting for some proper router bits, you need to understand specific features of different types of rout bits and thus can then select the most appropriate router bit sets for your workshop.

Router Bit Types

There are a wide range of router bits available in market and each router bit is designed for some specific kind of work with wood. Thus every wood worker should have specific kind of router bits that are declared most useful for their specific tasks of wood working projects. Here we have listed some of the most significant routers bits that would help you analyze which ones would you need?

1. Straight Router Bits 

One of the most commonly used router bits is the straight router bit. With the aid of these bits, you can easily make straight cuts and can make hollow areas on your work piece with ease. When shopping for this router bit, you will find varied diameters from 3/16 inch to 1.5 inch and so you can choose according to your preference and requirement of job.

2. Flush Trim Router Bits

These router bits include a ball bearing having size similar to the cutting radius of this router bit. These router bits prove best for edging and trimming of material and you can give multiple identical shapes with the use of this bit.

3. Rabbeting Router Bit

With the use of this router bit, you can easily cut material placed in either vertical or horizontal position. Edging of material is easier with the use of this tool and it includes ball bearings that are offered in various diameters/sizes. With this feature, you can make different dimensions of rabbet without having the need of buying different routers of varied sizes.

4. Edge Forming Router Bits 

If you would need to make varied creative and decorative edging on your wood piece, this could be achieved with edge forming router bits. You will find different variety of edge forming router bits and choosing one would really depend upon your task requirement. Some of the most common ones include Roundover bits (used for cut rounded edges), Cove routing bits (cutting concave circle), Ogee bits (S-shaped cut) etc.

5. Chamfer Router Bits 

For bevel cuts at a specific angle, this router it is considered most appropriate one. Usually wood workers use these for decorative edge cutting of doors and panels.

6. Stile and Rails Router Bits 

For construction work related to panel cutting and for combining horizontal layering of material with its vertical layer. Stile and Rail bits come in a package and you can combine these bits for making horizontal rail and vertical stile profiles.

7. Raised Panel Bits

The raised panel bit is used for decorative door panels and for creation of varied profiles on wood.You can add diversity in your wood working job with its horizontal and vertical configuration.

​What Size Router Bit to Use?

As discussed earlier that many of the different types, models, shapes and sizes of router bits are available in market and choosing one really depends upon nature and requirement of your project. However here we have listed some of the factors that must be kept in mind while selecting a router bit for use with your wood router. These factors include

Router Bit Shanks Diameter:

Usually you will find combination interchangeable wood routers with collets 1/4 and 1/2 inch so you can easily use any of these sizes of bit. However there are some that would only work with 1/4 inch shank bit. It is best to use bits with size of 1/2 inch shank as you will get more stability and longevity with better smoother performance of cut.


Many of the router bits include High speed steel cutting edge or one with carbide tips. Carbide ones are harder than the other time and will give you longer holding of edge. These are preferred because they are more stiff however when dealing with carbide ones you must take care for handling and storage.


Quality couldn’t be judged well with eyes and thus you need to consider different factors to assess quality. Carbide ones that we discussed earlier have a fine edge and they are thicker.

These bits can easily deal with re-grindings and would have minimized risk of kickbacks from work piece. Such bits have more body mass and they dissipate heat. Such bits would prevent bits from going too deep in the material that it may kickback. These bits are more durable ones.


Having all the details on which router bits are suitable in which situations and now that you have understood all the basics, it would be easier for you to select suitable router bits.

For beginners, once you decide on getting a suitable wood router, next step is to look for ideal bits for use initially. Selection of router bit really depends upon which router bit would be suitable for your project in hand.

Would buying a router set seems viable for your work? How much you are going to use the bit? And how much do you want to spend over it? If you won’t be doing one single work each day and if you have a variety of tasks, buying a basic set would be more suitable decision.

Plunge Router vs Fixed Base Router

Woodworking is a task that takes a good amount of work and dedication but the results that you can get from it are incredible, especially when you have the right materials.

There are quite a few things that you will want to look for and make sure that you have when you first begin getting into woodworking. One of these things is going to be a router.

The router is one of the first tools that people will use in a woodworking environment and it is one that will be used even well after you have first learned woodworking.

Routers are an incredibly versatile tool, making it all the more important that you invest your money in a router that will best serve your purposes.

There are two main types of routers that you will be looking at as you delve deeper into the world of woodworking: plunge routers and fixed base routers.

Each router has its benefits and drawbacks over the other, which makes it even more important for you to understand what makes each router different from each other.

Plunge Router vs Fixed Base Router

The main difference between a plunge router and a fixed base router is that the fixed base router has a fixed position for the bit whereas a plunge router can lower or "plunge" the bit in the stock with the base plate flat on the stock.

Both types of wood router allow for an adjustable cutting depth.

What Is a Plunge Router?

A plunge router is designed so that you can lower the bit from a height while the base is flat on the material you are cutting, plunge routers excel when you need to make a cut in the middle of a piece of material away from the edges.

Before you can decide whether a plunge router or a fixed base router is better for your needs, you will first need to understand what exactly each router is. The plunge router is a router that can be a little bit complex at first but once you have gotten used to it, it will be incredibly easy to use.

Plunge routers have two arms on them with one on each side of the router. This allows you to manually plunge into the wood to begin cutting the material, hence the name “plunge” router. To put it simply, you have to drive the cutting part of the router into the wood using your own force to begin cutting the wood.

This gives you more control over the router, offering a smooth experience and the ability to cut a little bit better. Some people worry about the plunge router not being able to handle edge-working but as long as you use the router properly, you will be able to use it with ease.

What Is a Fixed Base Router?

A fixed base router has a fixed base rather than one you move up and down into the wood. The depth of the bit is constant and is set manually before use.

Generally, these routers are going to be what you encounter most in a professional woodworking shop so it doesn’t hurt to get used to using one even if you are more interested in a plunge router.

Fixed base routers are also easier for newer users to use as you don’t have to worry about manually adjusting much. Once you place the router where it needs to be, it is physically locked onto the place and it is completely set.

The router bit won’t be moving anywhere and you are free to move the wood as you please. Because of this, you will be able to cut with much more precision than you otherwise would be able to. 

This router is best for people who do precision work or are new to the woodworking scene. Both this and the plunge router have their specific benefits and drawbacks, though.

Where Does the Plunge Router Excel?

Plunge routers are amazing when you need to adjust the depth of the cutting bit exactly where you need it to be. After all, plunge routers are designed to work based on the amount of force that you apply to the cutting bit at first.

These routers also provide you with far more control when you have to move vertically than any other router would. Plunge routers offer you more versatility and mobility than a router that can only stay in one place, making them wonderful for people who need to work with varying depths of cuts.

Where Does the Plunge Router Fall Short?

Plunge routers also tend to be much more expensive than their fixed base counterparts. Of course, anything that provides as much versatility as the plunge router is going to be pricier, which is unfortunate.

Plunge routers are also not the best routers for people who are new to woodworking as a whole as they depend on your knowledge of cutting and depth. You also have to move them onto the material that you want to cut. You cannot use a base for them, which can be troublesome at times.

Plunge routers should really only be used by experienced woodworkers who are willing to move the router every time that something needs to be cut and who have the money to pay for the expensive router.

Where Does the Fixed Base Router Excel?

A fixed base router excels when mounted on the underside of a benchtop router table.  

Fixed base routers are absolutely wonderful for people who might not be as well versed in woodworking.

Considering the fact that this router is not a particularly large power tool nor does it involve a lot of materials, it is one of the best introductions to the machinery involved in woodworking.

You can also use these routers to properly shape the edges of the wood as you need, which is something that the plunge router cannot do nearly as well.

Fixed base routers are also light and easy to maneuver, especially if you have a table base to mount them on. These routers provide you with the precision that you need without requiring years of woodworking experience to use.

Where Does the Fixed Base Router Fall Short?

Fixed base routers, unfortunately, do not offer the same type of versatility that plunge routers do. If you need to do work that requires you to maneuver the router in a variety of ways, the fixed base router might not be the best choice for you.

 Additionally, the fixed base router cannot begin cutting from the middle of the wood. This is because fixed base routers also have a fixed cutting bit and the middle of the wood is almost always above that fixed bit. This can be troublesome for some work projects.

Which Router Is Better?

Determining which router is better depends on what you need to use the router for and your experience in woodworking.

If you are new to the woodworking scene and are trying to get the best possible equipment, you might want to wait a bit before you invest the money in the plunge router as it can be difficult for novices to easily use.

However, if you have the experience and need to work on a piece of wood with varying depths, then this is the router for you.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a router that can cut wood easily and can be used by people who are new to woodworking, then you might want to look at the fixed base router.

This router, while not as versatile as a plunge router, can easily get the job done and is the perfect introduction to woodworking tools.

Best Router Bits 2021 – (Buyer’s Guide)

Deciding on the best router bits for your wood shop is not an easy task. There is a huge range of bits available and it can be quite intimidating even for the most experienced woodworker.

Investing in a good router bit set from the start doesn't mean buying the most expensive set available.

Buy what you need and will be using the most often. Over time as your skill and needs increase you can start to purchase the more specialized bits. 

Best Router Bits 2021

1. Frued 91-100 13-Piece Router Bit Set Review

Freud is a trusted manufacturer of saw blades and router bits. This 13-piece set includes a great selection of bits, so you can test the durability of Freud products for yourself. The main details of this set include the following:

  • 13 bits with 1/2 inch shank
  • Wooden shadow box
  • Carbide/titanium tips on all bits

These bits are intended for hand-held or table-mounted portable routers. They have also been tested for use at the highest speeds, exceeding the 22,000-RPMs delivered by most portable routers.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The 13-piece router bit set includes a variety of the most commonly used bits. They also come in a beautifully-crafted wooden shadow box that you can mount on the wall. However, the greatest advantage is the quality of the bits.

The bits are tipped in a long-lasting carbide-titanium material that was created and patented by Freud. This material offers more durability, ensuring that these bits last through many woodworking projects.

Each bit is also computer-balanced to limit vibration and chatter. They also feature tri-metal brazing and an anti-kickback design. These details help make this one of the top sets of bits available.

While there are no major disadvantages to this set, some people may not enjoy the price. As with most products, you need to spend more to get the best quality.

Why Should You Consider Getting the Freud 13-Piece Set?

This 13-piece super router bit set from Freud may cost a little more than some other options. However, the bits are worth every penny. You get high-quality router bits that can withstand heavy-duty applications and regular use.

You also get a nice selection of bits of varying sizes and styles. The variety of bits makes this a top choice for beginners looking to get started in carpentry. In the end, the Freud 91-100 13-piece super router bit set includes some of the best bits that money can buy.

2. MCLS 8369 1/2" 30 Piece Set  Review

MLCS offers this 30-piece carbide-tipped router bit set at a great price for the number of bits that you get. You also get a wonderful selection of commonly-used bits with 1/2-inch shanks, along with these features: 

  • Carbide tipped bits 
  • Quality wood storage box
  • Three-year quality guarantee

This is considered a budget set of router bits, as they are not built for strength. However, they do have a 1/2-inch shank, which makes them more durable than some of the other budget sets.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The top benefit of this set is the variety of bits. You get 30 pieces, offering enough choices to suit almost any type of project. You get the cove bit, flush trim bit, dovetail bit, 45-degree chamfer bit, five straight bits, and many more to choose from.

The storage box is also a nice feature. It holds the bits in place, with each spot clearly labeled. The label includes the size of the bit and an illustration of the cut.

The bits are also backed by a three-year warranty against defects. This does not mean that you can get your bits replaced when they break. However, if you notice any flaws or defects, you should have no problem getting a replacement.

Start Woodworking with a Great Starter Set

These are not professional quality router bits. They are mostly intended for amateur woodworkers that need a variety of bits to start their first woodworking projects.

The bits are well made. They offer precision and balance and work with most routers. However, they are unlikely to hold up to repeated use. Luckily, they are affordable.

You get a great selection of useful bits. If one breaks, you can likely find a substitute within the set. When you need a set of various bits at a reasonable price, consider getting the MLCS 8369 carbide-tipped router bit set. 

 3. Neiko 10115A Premium Bit Set Review

When you are first getting into woodworking, determining which bits you need is a challenge. The Neiko 10115A router bit set helps you out by providing 80 bits. You get almost any bit that you may need, along with these features:

  • 1/2-inch shanks
  • Tungsten carbide blade tips
  • Hardened solid alloy steel with

The main construction features hardened solid alloy steel, along with a powder coating for increased durability. The bits are stored in an aluminum case, with labels for each of the bits in the set.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The Neiko 10115A is one of the most versatile sets. It includes 80 pieces, which is more than most hobbyists will know what do with. While there is a good chance that you may not use every bit in the set, at least you have a wide variety of options.

The bits also have a 1/2-inch shank, which is used by most routers and increases the thickness of the bit. However, these are not the most durable bits available. While the main construction material should hold up to repeated use, the carbide tips may start to wear quickly.

Another issue is the durability of the case. The aluminum case dents easily. This is a minor inconvenience more than a major drawback, as the case does not affect the performance of the bits.

Best Value for Your Money Bit Set

The Neiko 10115A Premium Tungsten Carbide router bit set offers the best value for your money. You get 80 bits, including the bits that you will likely use most often on your woodworking projects. While the bits may start to wear quickly, you get multiple bits of the same size and shape.

The Neiko 80-piece set is best suited for beginners or those that need to have a wide variety of bits available when needed.

4. Frued Adjustable Tongue 99-036 Review

Tongue and groove bits are two of the most useful bits in woodworking and joining. However, you may need a variety of bits for different sized cuts.

The Freud adjustable tongue and groove set solves this problem by letting you adjust the tongue and groove width. Examine the main details of this set to learn more: 

  • Adjustable between 1/2 inch and 1-1/4 inch thickness
  • Groove widths of 7/32 to 3/8 inches
  • Suitable for use on all types of wood
  • Bits feature a 1/2 inch shank

The tongue and groove bits are commonly used when cutting to create a joint. With adjustable bits, there is a small dial that you adjust to change the height and width of the tongue or groove. This allows you to use the bit for different cuts without having to switch bits.

Advantages and Disadvantages

These are the best tongue and groove bits that money can buy. The precision and balance are hard to match, thanks to the quality manufacturing processes used by Freud. You should not need to replace either bit for some time, even when cutting through tough materials.

The quality of the bits is also backed by a lifetime warranty by the manufacturer. The company stands behind their products, which is another reason to consider spending the extra money on durable bits such as these.

Top Quality Tongue and Groove Bits

When you purchase the specific bits that you need for a project, you can take the time to find the best option. For tongue and groove bits, this set from Freud is the top choice.

These quality bits feature patented TiCo high density carbide tips that are unlikely to wear. They are also adjustable, eliminating the need for multiple tongue and groove bits.

The bottom line is that the Freud adjustable tongue and groove bit set is another example of why Freud is the leading manufacturer of router bits.

5. MCLS 6077 15 Piece Router Bit Set Review

When you need a variety of economy bits, MLCS is a trusted brand. This 15-piece set of 1/4-inch shank bits is a top choice for hobbyists thanks to these product features:

  • 15 router bits with 1/4 inch shanks
  • Carbide tipped bits
  • Attractive wooden storage box
  • Includes an Allen wrench and bearing

The 15 bits include the bits that you are most likely to need during your woodworking projects. You get four straight bits, along with a cove bit, rounding-over bit, V-groove bit, and a flush trim bit.

The set also includes a bearing to convert the round over bit into a beading bit. All the pieces fit perfectly in the provided wood storage box.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The primary advantage of the MLCS 6077 Woodworking Carbide Tipped bit set is the value. You get 15 pieces at a low price.

When using budget bits such as these, you should not expect them to last forever. They are built to provide precise cuts until the carbide tip starts to wear. Depending on the type of material that you use and the frequency of use, they may start to wear within a few days or a few years.

You may also end up with a few broken bits if you use them for heavy duty cutting projects. However, you are not spending a lot on this set, so a broken bit is not a major problem.

Who Should Consider Getting This Router Bit Set?

The MLCS 6077 woodworking router bit set is meant for beginners. The manufacturers even describe this set as the perfect all purpose starter set, which is an accurate description. They are not the lowest-quality bits, but they are not high-end bits either.

If you want professional-grade bits, you need to spend more. However, the low price provides a good entry point for anyone that is just learning how to use a router.

6. Whiteside 401 Basic Router Bits Review

The Whiteside 401 router bit set offers seven bits with 1/2-inch shanks in a sturdy plastic case. The bits are expertly crafted to offer better balance when using a high RPM. Other details to consider include:

  • Seven commonly used router bits
  • Durable hard plastic storage case
  • Removable bearing on the bits

Like most router bit sets, these bits are suitable for use with a handheld router or a router table. They also feature the standard 1/2-inch shank, which provides more durability compared to the 1/4-inch shanks.

The bits that come with this set include the cove bit, rounding-over bit, rabbeting bit, 45-degree chamfer bit, straight double flute bit, flush trim bit, and a 1/4-inch straight bit.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The Whiteside router bits have received a lot of positive comments from customers, comparing them to the bits manufactured by Freud. In fact, professionals often use Whiteside router bits, as they tend to cost less than Freud router bits while still offering similar quality.

The main benefit is the durability of the bits. They hold up to regular use and are suitable for high RPM cutting.

While these bits are not as expensive as the Freud bits, they are still more expensive than most of your other options. A beginner woodworking hobbyist may not want to spend the money on these bits without first testing out a less expensive set of bits.

Top Quality Bits at a Reasonable Price

If you do not want a budget set of router bits and do not want to spend the money on the highest-end option, the Whiteside router bit set is a perfect choice. The bits are durable, balanced, and sharp. They should hold up to repeated use, no matter what material you are cutting.

Overall, the Whiteside 401 7-piece router bit set is a fantastic option for hobbyists or professionals that want a solid set of bits that should last for many years. 

7. Dremel 692 6-Piece Router Bits Set Review

The Dremel 6-piece router bit set gives you six high-quality bits constructed of high-speed steel. However, you should explore the details of this set before ordering. Here are the main features:

  • Six router bits
  • Built from high-speed steel
  • Includes storage case

The manufacturer recommends that you do not use these bits with speeds exceeding 30,000 RPM. However, most handheld routers have a range of 8,000 to 24,000 RPM. Unless you are using these bits in an industrial setting, you should not have a problem with this limitation.

Advantages and Disadvantages

These are quality bits and suited for regular use without noticeable wear and tear unless you use them regularly on harder materials. They have been carefully crafted for balance and precision and feature the standard carbide tips.

If you need to find a drawback, it is the selection of bits. You do get two straight router bits.

However, the remaining four bits are not the most commonly used bits. You get a piloted beading router bit, corner rounding bit, core box bit, and a chamfer router bit.

Reliable Router Bit Set at a Decent Price

The cost per bit is right in the middle compared to other brands. You are getting six quality bits that are suitable for a wide range of uses, including heavy duty renovation work.

The durability of these bits makes them suitable for professional work or DIY woodworking projects and home renovations. However, they may start to wear or break when used regularly on hardwoods.

In the end, these bits are great when working with soft materials. You can use them for inlaying and mortising. The only major drawback is that this set is not versatile. You get a limited set of bits that are primarily intended for a limited set of projects.

8. Stalwart 24 Piece Bit Set Review

The Stalwart Multi-Purpose 24-piece router bit set is intended for hobbyists looking for a starter set. You may not know which bits you need, so it is nice to have a variety. Here are the main product details:

  • 24-piece set
  • 1/4 inch shanks
  • Carbide tipped bits
  • Wooden storage case

The 24 pieces fit nicely in the provided wooden storage case. Each slot includes the name and size of the bit, along with an outline of the type of cut that it is used for.

The bits feature 1/4-inch shanks. The 1/4-inch shanks may not be as durable as 1/2-inch shanks, but the smaller size reduces the cost of the bit set. 

Advantages and Disadvantages

This set from Stalwart has two main advantages. The top advantage is the price. This is one of the most affordable sets when considering the number of bits that you get.

You get 24 pieces, including an Allen wrench for removing bearings, giving you a variety of bits for a variety of woodworking projects. 

As you might expect from the price, these are not the most durable bits. The manufacturer does not list the material that was used for the main construction of the bits. They simply list the carbide tips, which are found on most economy bits.

While they are durable enough for working on soft woods, these bits may break when cutting through harder woods.

Should You Get This Router Bit Set?

Overall, this is a great starter set. You get a nice selection of bits at a low price. However, it may not be the right product for a serious carpenter looking for bits that can withstand heavy-duty use.
While the main material is not very durable, the bits should provide enough use for those that are just getting into woodworking and do not want to spend a lot on a decent set.

9. Hiltex 10100 Tungsten Bits Review

The Hiltex 10100 15-piece router bit set provides useful bits for edging, veining, trimming, and grooving. However, before purchasing, you should determine if they are durable enough to suit your needs. Take a closer look at the primary features of this set:

  • 15 bits with hardened alloy steel construction
  • Tungsten carbide blade tips
  • Enclosed bearing roller
  • Wooden storage case

The Hiltex 10100 Tungsten Carbide 15-piece router bit set includes many of the features that you expect from a standard bit set. The bits feature tungsten carbide tips and are constructed from hardened alloy steel.

Advantages and Disadvantages

While the bits feature the most commonly used materials, they do hold up nicely when working on softwood. The limitations of these bits start to show when the material hardens. With hardwood, do not be surprised if one or more of your bits breaks or wears after several uses.

The bits have a 1/4-inch shank. While you can typically use 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch shanks with most routers, the smaller shanks result in thinner bits that may break more easily. However, the 1/4-inch shank is also one of the reasons that this set is affordable.

These bits are not the most durable. However, they do cut well. They are balanced and sharp enough for most tasks. You may only run into issues when cutting hard materials.

One of the Least Expensive Router Sets Available

There are no major strengths or drawbacks to this set. However, it does stand out from some of your other options due to the price. This is one of the least expensive sets for beginners.

You should keep in mind that this is a budget set. You are not getting the highest-quality bits, but you are getting great value. If you just need a few basic bits to start experimenting with woodworking, consider starting with this set from Hiltex. 

Laminate Trimmer vs Router

​Finding the right tool for the job can be a challenging task, as there are often multiple options for any given project. For routing or trimming, you may find yourself trying to choose between a full-size or compact router and a laminate trimmer.

​Laminate Trimmer vs Router

The following information will help you determine which power tool is best suited for your project. Compare the primary uses of each option to decide between a laminate trimmer and a router.

​Primary Uses for a Wood Router

​A router is a common tool for woodworking and comes in a wide variety of sizes and styles. You can find compact plunge-base routers, fixed base routers, and dozens of other options.

For weekend woodworking projects, most people choose a compact router over a table-mounted router. A handheld compact router is portable and easy to use. However, a table-mounted router does provide a safer option for working with smaller materials.

While there are many sizes, the primary use of a wood router is routing. You can hollow out intricate designs for doors or panels on cabinets or for trimming around the edges.

The latest wood routers typically offer a selection of add-ons and extra features that you can purchase to increase the function and versatility of the router. For example, you can purchase trimming good router bits with guide bearings for trimming laminate. Some models also allow you to interchange a plunge base and a fixed base for working on different tasks.

Primary Uses for a Laminate Trimmer

​A laminate trimmer is a small handheld router with a few minor variations. The main difference is the size. Trimmers often feature smaller motors and may not work with larger bits.

 The compact size also allows you to use the trimmer with one hand, which can be convenient when you need an extra hand to hold down the material.

Trimmers also typically have a guide bearing attached to the router instead of the router bit. The purpose of this design is to prevent the bearing from scratching the laminate material.

As the name suggests, a laminate trimmer is designed for trimming plastic or veneer laminate. However, trimmers are also capable of handling other tasks, including light routing tasks. However, you will likely need to purchase additional router bits, depending on the project.

​Pros and Cons of Using a Trimmer or Router

​The trimmer offers several advantages compared to a compact router. However, these advantages only apply to the intended use of the trimmer, which is trimming laminate.

The guide bearing that is attached to the router makes it easier to avoid scratching and ruining laminate. You are less likely to make mistakes that may result in waste, which is always a benefit.

Trimmers are also lightweight and designed for use with one hand. When performing a lot of trimming or working in a remote location, this portability and convenience is a major advantage.

The trimmer also has a few limitations. While you can use the trimmer for some routing tasks, the smaller size is not suited for heavy-duty routing. Trimmers also typically lack the optional accessories that are available for routers.

The router is more versatile, offering a larger selection of bit sizes and add on accessories. It can do everything that a trimmer can and more. However, it may not be as convenient when trimming laminate.

Laminate Trimmer vs Router: How to Select the Right Tool

The bottom line is that the laminate trimmer is essentially a compact router designed for portability and ease of use. While it can be used to trim laminate, it is also suitable for light jobs that traditionally call for a regular router. However, a compact router is also capable of performing many of the same jobs as a laminate trimmer, and they often provide extra features and add ons, such as a plunge base.

Both products are similar and are used for the same purpose. Choosing the right one for your work table will depend on the types of projects that you typically tackle.

If you need to trim a lot of laminate, a laminate trimmer may be your best option. However, if you also need a router for performing other tasks, you may not need both tools. While it may not be as easy to use for the task, you can still use a compact router for trimming laminate.