How to Speed Up Your Sub-Base

How to Speed Up Your Sub-Base

Have you ever experienced the annoying tendency of some plastic router sub-bases to drag along the workpiece when you’re routing by hand? The slower feed rate can even lead to more burn marks and chattering.

Edge routing workpiece with beeswax

To overcome that nuisance, I rub a little plain beeswax onto the baseplate, which reduces the friction considerably without leaving a residue on the wood. I’ve also tried paraffin wax for this purpose, but beeswax works much better.

– Father Chrysanthos
Etna, California

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