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The Fitted Wardrobe Company Living Room Furniture

01/04/2011

A recent project successfully completed by The Fitted Wardrobe Company. On this occasion we created an excellent piece of fitted living room furniture. The display cabinet is housed perfectly in an alcove to the right of a chimney breast. This unit features traditional style doors finished in a white woodgrain finish. The top two doors are glazed with toughened glass. The interior is a complimentary white colour and there are six shelves in total. The cabinet is wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling so as to make optimum use of all available space without encroaching on the living space. Call now to book a free, no obligation, design visit on: 0800 880 6868.

The Fitted Wardrobe Company Recent Project

29/03/2011

A recent project successfully completed by The Fitted Wardrobe Company. The project features dark walnut doors, a dark walnut open bookcase and a beech interior with a combination of drawers/hanging rails/shelves. The ceiling height in the room is approximately 2555mm. As you can see our wardrobes are truly fitted in terms of wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. The room also features intricate skirting and coving which our fitter expertly worked with.

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18/02/2011

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Four top tips for buying a router

29/03/2011

The router is one of the most versatile woodworking power tools available. It can be used to automate traditional carpentry techniques such as creating mortice & tenon or dovetail joints right through to trimming modern materials such as engineered timber or laminates. The versatility of the router is enhanced considerably by the multitude of router bits and jigs that are available.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that a router can be found in most respectable carpenters’ tool vaults. Buying a router can be a daunting task. There is a lot of technical jargon to understand. In this article I have summarised the four main things to consider when you are considering investing in a router. It is, by no means, an exhaustive list.

Size of the router
Broadly speaking, routers can be split in to three categories: heavy duty, medium duty and light duty. The light duty routers are sometimes known as “laminate trimmers” or “handheld” routers. Light duty routers are only really designed for basic operations such as trimming. They are lightweight, not very powerful and are, therefore, designed for infrequent use. Medium duty routers are more powerful and more bulky. They can be used to perform more demanding tasks and are designed to be used frequently. Heavy duty routers are the top of the range varieties. They are the most powerful and are designed to be used for daily milling operations. They can be used for hand milling and can also be table-mounted for use as fixed routers.

 


Collet size
Collet corresponds to where the router bit is attached to the router. The collet diameter is equivalent to the route bit diameter. They are available in two sizes: ½” and 1/4”. Light duty and some medium duty routers have 1/4” collets while heavy duty routers come equipped with ½” collets. It is also possible to use adaptors to allow ¼” inch bits to be used in ½” collets. It follows that ¼” router bits are meant for basic milling and ½” router bits are meant for more demanding projects. The size of the bit also determines how much material can be routed out in one pass and thus affects the strain that is put on the router’s motor. It would be pertinent to browse through the broad variety of router bits (and their application) available in the market before deciding which router to purchase.

Variable Speed
Medium to heavy duty routers usually come with variable speed control. This variable speed corresponds to how fast the motor, and therefore, the router bit turns. While this is not a crucial requirement, it is worth paying a bit extra for it if your budget allows. As we learnt earlier, the bigger the router bit (in either depth or width) the more material it will remove with each pass. It is good practice to reduce the speed of the motor when using larger bits to reduce the strain on the bit and, ultimately, the motor.

Soft Start
This is a feature usually found in medium to heavy duty routers. The soft start means that the when the motor is started, it gradually increases in speed. This is a useful feature to have as it means that the tool won’t push or pull suddenly as you begin routing. This feature makes the whole routing operation smoother and can prolong the life of the router and router bits. Again, it is well worth going for a router with this feature, if you budget permits.
I hope the above will provide you with a good starting point. Please remember that this is, by means, an exhaustive list. You should refer to the manufacturers’ sites to obtain detailed information relating to their product offerings.

One last thing I wanted to mention is health and safety. Be sure to follow all precautions when using power tools. The type and standard of PPE (personal protective equipment) that needs to be worn when using any given power tool is clearly listed in the operation manual. Please take the time to read the operation manual. And, remember, a blunt or damaged blade can more dangerous can a sharp one. This applies equally well to routers and router bits.

Mark Assani

The Fitted Wardrobe Company

mark@thefittedwardrobe.com