I just have a quick question. How exactly is the routing being done in this picture?
Never used a router before, I know it needs a straight bit, but outside of that, I have no idea how he got such a nice route job on that. Obviously you need to ride the router against something...do you just ride it along a piece of wood you clamp to the project?
There are many different shapes of router bits.
There are also different types of straight router bit. One type is meant to trim the edge of something. The cutter dimensions may not overlap so if you were to lower the bit it would not cut in the middle.
The other type has cutters whose dimensions do overlap, so this type can be used for trimming an edge AND for plunging into the wood to start the cut.
Routing the slot in the picture would normally be done with a plunge cut style of straight bit.
The picture does not show the method to control the shape of the cut. For the router in the picture, this would be a guide with a cutout for the OUTSIDE of the router base, so a big piece.
Some router bit have a guide bushing AT THE TOP and then the template will be smaller and the hole will match the dimensions of the hole being routed. You just need the bearing to ride against the template.
Here is an example. These bits will give a relatively large radius in the corner.
Another method is to insert a guide bushing into the baseplate of the router and use a smaller diameter bit. Just takes more passes to clean out the wood and do not apply heavy pressure. The small 1/8in diameter router bit is easily broken. Been there, did that.