When you talk about router tools, you probably picture a handheld router that looks like some kind of giant toothpick. While that is certainly the most popular type, there are other types of router tools that are quite useful for different woodworking projects. The basic router is simply a power tool with an extended blade and a flat head extending from the base. The blade can either be driven mechanically by an electrical motor or by a hydraulic motor. More often than not, it routs a large area in soft materials, like plastic or wood.
Router and Cabinet Tools
router tools also come in a set of four inlays, also known as a router set. These sets are useful for a variety of applications, but the two most common uses are for joining and for routing. A router set usually consists of at least one inlay per side of the router blades. You can use the four inlays to make a variety of joint patterns, including squares, laces, slits, rabbets, grooves, rounds, grooves, dips and many more. Unlike a router, a wood lathe has a lot of metal pieces in it besides the steel teeth. When router blades have too much metal, the wood lathe has a tendency to twist, especially in wet weather when you might accidentally catch the metal with your wood.
Some cabinet makers do not use router tools. Instead, they use cabinet saws with diamond tips for cabinet routing. There are a variety of reasons why cabinet lathes are preferred over routers. One is that a cabinet maker can route cabinet heads and then sand them just like a router does. Another reason cabinets may not be router tools is that cabinet lathes are generally very large machines, and cabinet saws are much more portable than their router counterparts.