Router Table

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Router Table

Details

eg. Manufacturer, model, capabilities. Include a photo.

Condition Notes

eg. New, 2nd hand, loaned. Any damage?

Induction and Training

If applicable, a short description of induction requirements

Owners

List of @usernames who are responsible for maintenance

Risk Assessment

Risk: High Risk before controls

Induction: None

Activity

  • Routing is a high-speed process of cutting, trimming, and shaping wood using a high speed cutting spindle.
  • A table allows use of a flat surface and guide fence to guide the workpiece past the spindle.
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  • Process characteristics
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  • 1. Usually routing is limited to wood and soft materials (not metal)
  • 2. Specially designed cutters are used for a variety of patterns, cuts, and edging.
  • 3. Both hand controlled and machine controlled/aided routers are common today.
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  • Routing is a shaping process used to produce finished edges and shapes. Apart from finished edges and shaping, cutaways, holes, and contours can also be shaped using routers.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Eye protection
  • Dust mask or dust extraction
  • Ear protection

Procedure

Before During After
  • MUST have passed induction with written record
  • Visually inspect machine, power cord and plug.
  • Ensure cutting bit is not damaged and is properly fixed in
  • Away from other users causing distraction or inhaling dust
  • all loose items removed or tied back, entanglament hazard is high
  • ensure fence is secure
  • simulate a pass with machine off to make sure enough space is clear
  • Slow and steady feeding of material, sometimes making multiple passes to ensure amount of material removed is enough to allow jamming free operation of the router
  • Use correct feed direction (right to left when facing machine)
  • Keep hands away from spindle or use push sticks/pallets
  • Clean work area
  • unplug and stow tool

Risk Assessment

Hazard Persons Before Controls Controls After Controls
Entanglement in moving machinery Operator Severity
Fatality, life-changing injury
Likelihood
Likely
Risk
High
  • Loose clothing and long hair to be tied back.
  • Jewellery to be removed.
  • The router is unplugged when mounting bits or making major adjustments
  • Before use a visual check should be carried out to ensure where applicable
  • all guards and covers are fitted, in good order and there are no visible faults
  • Tools are used in compliance with manufacturers instructions
Severity
Fatality, life-changing injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Medium
Burns Current and next operator Severity
Minor injury
Likelihood
Unlikely
Risk
Low
  • Router bit to be left to cool after extended use.
Severity
Minor injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Low
Fire People in the vicinity Severity
Significant injury
Likelihood
Unlikely
Risk
Medium
  • Equipment is CE marked.
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Severity
Significant injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Low
Ejected material in eyes Operator & People in the vicinity Severity
Significant injury
Likelihood
Unlikely
Risk
Medium
  • Safety goggles to be used.
  • Routing operations must be undertaken away from people that might be hit by flying objects being ejected
Severity
Significant injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Low
Jamming, Kick back or biting in of the router Operator Severity
Serious injury
Likelihood
Certain
Risk
High
  • Fence is securely clamped so that it will remain stationary during the routing operation
  • A damaged cutter should not be used
  • A slow and steady speed is to be used to allow the bit to remove the material easily.
  • Feed in proper direction, ie opposite to blade rotation
  • Use several passes for deep cuts
Severity
Serious injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Medium
Tip Hazard Operator Severity
Significant injury
Likelihood
May happen
Risk
Medium
  • The machine must be stable at all times
Severity
Significant injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Low
- Rotating parts causing cuts Operator Severity
Fatality, life-changing injury
Likelihood
Likely
Risk
High
  • Hands and fingers must not approach spindle during operation; push sticks or paddles must be used instead.
Severity
Fatality, life-changing injury
Likelihood
Unlikely
Risk
High
- Dust, which can be inhaled Operator & People in the vicinity Severity
Minor injury
Likelihood
Unlikely
Risk
Low
  • Dust mask to be worn or extraction activated
Severity
Minor injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Low
electrocution Operator Severity
Fatality, life-changing injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Medium
  • Must be double-insulated or have a 3-prong plug in a grounded outlet.
  • Power outlet needs a residual current device. RCD
Severity
Fatality, life-changing injury
Likelihood
Very unlikely
Risk
Medium

Before Use

During Use

After Use

Maintenance

References

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