Use A Chisel To Make A Handheld Woodworking Router 

Use A Chisel To Make A Handheld Woodworking Router 

Cutting dados and tenons require precise tolerances. This handheld router is easy to make and provides a consistent depth of cut and better feel than a powered router.

Start with a 3 x 1 piece of scrap wood and a sharp chisel. Select a drill bit that is slightly more narrow than the chisel and drill halfway into the center of the wood at a 35 to 45 degree angle.

Use a hammer to drive your chisel (bevel down) through the angled hole, until it just breaks out through the other side. This handheld router will work best with a recess that’s already started and is great for fine tuning the depth.

Paul Sellers’ Poor Man’s Hand Router |Paul Sellers


  • Paul Sellers videos are very relaxing to watch and very entertaining. He has an excellent series where he builds a workbench in his garden that shows what you can do with basic hand tools.

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