Just about anyone can pick up a piece of wood, put a knife to it and start whittling away bits and pieces to ultimately form the shape of an object out of the initially indistinct piece of wood. But there are actually quite a few woodworking tools besides the classic whittling knife, many of which are still in use today. For instance, who hasn’t heard of using a saw to cut one piece of wood into two, huh? The same goes for using a hammer and nails, or a driver and screws, to fasten two pieces of wood together. Everyone knows about these simple tools.
There are more complicated tools for finer work that aren’t as widely known in the world of woodworking, however. Have you ever heard of a wood router? Basically, it’s kind of like the scoop you use to grab ice cream out of a tub when you’re in the mood for something sweet, except it’s a rounded device that hollows out the face of whatever it’s being used on. That could be wood, but it could also be plastic, stone, really any hard surface that would take too much time or effort for a person to treat by hand rather than with a tool.
You can see several examples of wood routers for yourself if you just visit the Woodworking Tools Lab website. This little piece of technology is perfect for cabinetry, though it could be used to hollow out a block of wood for use as a drawer or chest just as well as it can be used to make cabinets. That makes the wood router a very versatile, very useful tool for people working with wood. Some people, like Woodomain – Jeremy Broun on Youtube, would say it’s the most versatile tool in the world. It is too specialized for many simple projects where it wouldn’t be as useful, but lots of tools are like this.
While wood routers are capable of much, the one thing they won’t do to any piece of wood you use them on is sand down the rough cuts and make them smooth. That means you’ll want to keep some sandpaper ready if you plan to rout wood. You can’t use belt sanders or disc sanders to smooth out the inside of a cavity you gouge into a block of wood though, so you’ll want a device that allows you to sand by hand so you can reach every inch of the cut you’ve made.
Even if you’re not in the market to pick up a wood router, it might still be interesting to take a look at a few examples of the device. They make great gifts for others who do a lot of woodworking, and surprisingly enough they aren’t as expensive as some of the other, more basic power tools, like cordless drills. There are all kinds of other interesting technology out there to see too though – we’ll understand if you go off to stare at some shiny bit of electronics instead.