Figure 2. The plunge router’s release lever allows the motor and bit to move up and down. Depth of cut can be preset.
Figure 6. Profile bits shape material into quarter rounds, ogees, angles, and pretty much any pattern you can imagine.
Figure 7. Straight bits don’t have bearings and are designed to be used with a guide bushing or some sort of fence.
Figure 9. On thick material, trace the pattern onto the workpiece and cut to within 1⁄8 inch of the layout line with a jigsaw before using a router.
Figure 10. Make the finish cut with a bearing guided bit, being sure to set the depth of cut so the bearing rides on the template.
Figure 12. Make a mortise template from material that’s slightly deeper than the distance the bushing extends from the router base.
Figure 13. Router bits make radius corners. Square them with a chisel, or rout the same radius on the corners of the male piece, using a roundover bit.
Figure 19. To hold profiled stock, make one jig that grips its edges, and tape or hot-glue wedges to the jig to stabilize the workpiece.