The router is one of my favorite woodworking tools, probably because there are so many cool profiles that can be applied to an edge using a router. The number of profiles that can be applied to the edge of a board are almost limitless, whether using a complex profile or making a series of partial profile cuts with the ten basic router bit profiles.
There are plenty of ways to use a router: you can use a plunge router base and drive the bit into the wood for the length of the cut; you can use a... stationary base router and ease the bit into the cut on the edge of the board; you can even mount the stationary base router upside down in a router table and move the wood past the router bit.
When it comes to woodworking projects using a router, here are some of my favorites:
01 of 08
The wooden toolbox has been used by craftsmen for decades for taking their hand tools to the job site. While the need for such a toolbox is probably diminished for today's modern craftsmen, there's something nostalgic about using such a classic. In this set of woodworking plans, learn how to build this toolbox with through dovetail joinery using your router.
02 of 08
A coffee table is ideal for displaying books with great images. Sometimes, it's easier to display the book vertically. In that case, an adjustable book stand can be just the ticket. In these free woodworking plans, learn how to build an oak book stand with two matching halves separated by a pair of hinges. This is a fun project and one that allows for creativity on the edges with a router.
03 of 08
The bread tray is a unique kitchen accessory. It looks a lot like a serving tray, except that the bottom of the unit is made of slats of wood. When you cut bread on this tray, the crumbs fall through to the kitchen counter, and you can carry the freshly-sliced bread to the dinner table with a clean presentation free of crumbs. In this project, learn how to build this maple bread tray. It's a fun project and makes a great gift!
04 of 08
Another great woodworking project for the kitchen is a hardwood cutting board. You can use a variety of hardwoods to build a cutting board, and each one will give a different look. With breadboard ends and rounded edges, this is a fun, educational and practical project.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
A louvered door or window shutter allows for considerable air flow through the opening but provides the privacy of a traditional door panel. Louvers aren't difficult to build if you have the requisite jigs for cutting the notches in the stiles. In this project, learn how to build the necessary jigs for your router, then learn how to build the louvers from the jigs.
06 of 08
Every dressing room could benefit from at least one full-length mirror. While the mirror needs to provide a head-to-toe reflection of the person using the mirror, it doesn't have to look plain or basic. In this woodworking project, learn how to build a tall oak mirror frame that will enhance any full-length mirror. The project isn't all that complicated, and the fluted router work gives the project a sense of class and elegance that will enhance any dressing room or bedroom.
07 of 08
Everyone has knick knacks that they've picked up over time; little photos, trophies and other mementos that they'd like to show off. Why not show off your woodworking skill at the same time? In this project, learn how to build a three-shelf knick knack display that looks as good as the items you want to show off. The project is simple to build, lightweight and looks great. Download the measured drawings and build one from your favorite hardwood today!
08 of 08
Every gardener has at least a handful of terra cotta clay pots that they use for container gardening or starting seeds. The problem is that they take up a lot of floor or counter space. In this woodworking project, learn how to build a really nifty wooden pot hanger that holds four clay pots of various sizes, not only getting them up off the ground but in a manner that looks great. The project is quick, fun and becomes a real talking piece when friends come to visit!