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Synonyms: plunge routers, handheld routers;
DE: Oberfräsen, Handoberfräsmaschinen
Type: power tool
Material: wood
Used with: router bits;
router jigs
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction
Tutors: Lukas, Martin, Luzian, Keno
Similar (More or Less): CNC router, router plane; milling table, CNC mill

A router is basically a powerful motor spinning a sharp metal bit at high speeds. Read the manual before using and be aware of the difference between the regular "push" and the more dangerous "climb" cut!


Routers are very dangerous tools, make sure you have received the handheld router introduction in person and take time to think about what you are going to do!

Router Bits

(main article: Router Bits)

Router bits can get quite expensive, but good quality ones can be sharpened when they become dull.

Typical collet (Spannzangen) sizes are 6 and 8 mm.
A simple shared set of 8 mm router bits is available under the router table. As always, report when broken and replace them accordingly!

Copying Rings

Copying rings can be used for template work and are more versatile (although a bit more complicated) than flush trim bits with a ball bearing that takes care of the copying. When working with a copying ring, the template has to be offset from the target shape by a few millimeters: offset = (outer coyping ring diameter - bit diameter)/2 [1]

Future Plans

  • self-built router table
  • 3D copying jig
  • "Pantorouter" guidance jig

Interesting Links

Makita DRT50


Makita DRT50

Location: wood workshop (below router table)
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction
Manual: Makita
Tutors: Patrick, Lukas

The router has its own box (Makpack) with all its accessories (DRT50RTJX2). It is battery powered with 18V Makita lithium batteries that are shared with our other Makita tools like the cordless drill. The set consists of:

  • flat surface attachment w/o grips
  • flat surface attachment with grips
  • edge cut attachment
  • 2x vacuum dust attachment
  • long grip (can replace one of the stud grips on the flat surface attachment)
  • roller attachment for routing edges with bits lacking a bearing

Dust Extraction

with a superfluous adapter from our scroll saw, the router can be connected to Festool shop vacs

There are two different dust collection pieces, depending on which attachment you're using. Either one will need the black flexible adapter seen in the photo to fit on our shop vacs.

Makita 3612BR


Makita 3612BR

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Used with: router bits or end mills: 12 mm shaft (native),
6 or 8 mm shaft (with collet sleeves)
Location: router table
(wood workshop)
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction

This powerful 1.6 kW single-speed router with 65 mm plunge capacity [2] is usually installed in our router table!

the few machine control elements you'll need for operation in the router table

It is quite old and we received it without any accessories, but replacement parts are still available. If we ever have to fix it, Makita provides the explosion diagram (also in the manual).

a collet sleeve (silver) reduces the collet diameter for common hobbyist router bits

The collet (Spannzange) of this machine is intended for 12 mm bits, but we've bought collet sleeves (Spannhülsen) that serve as adapters for 6 and 8 mm bits as well. A 24 mm wrench is needed to tighten the collet.

If you use this machine in handheld mode for whatever reason, be aware that there is no protection against an accidental start as the power switch will hold its position and is easy to overlook! Several parts that are not needed for table operation have been removed to reduce noise from vibrations, you can find these under the router table.

Ferm FBF-1050E


Ferm FBF-1050E

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Location: wood workshop (router table)
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction
Manual: pdf

This router comes with 6 and 8 mm collets (Spannzangen). A few other accessories, including a parallel fence, can be found in its box.

This router can be mounted in the router table in case anything is wrong with the #Makita 3612BR.

this type of router was the first to be used in our router table

Past repairs:

Private Tools

Einhell TE-RO 1255 E


Einhell TE-RO 1255 E

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Location: Mitja
Access Requirements: ask nicely & handheld router introduction
Manual: pdf
Tutors: Mitja

Mitja owns an Einhell router that you may be able to use for your projects if you ask him nicely.