How to make the poor man's router

Dayne Dayne (57)
2 minutes

If you do not own a router plane or a powered router, its quite simple to make a router using a chisel. You'll need a drill and a bit that's just slightly smaller than the chisel you'd like to use. I use a 1/2" chisel and a 3/8" bit.

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Choose the right bit

Make sure the drill bit is at least within 1/8" of the size of your chisel. 1/16" is ideal.

Drill a hole in the block of wood

Shoot for a 45 degree angle all the way through the block.

Tap your chisel into the hole with the bevel down

When you're getting close, make sure the next hit won't send your chisel into a hard surface.

Adjust the cutting edge by either tapping lightly on the back of the chisel or the corner of the wood near the chisel.

Use your router!

When using, keep even pressure on the block of wood against your reference face

Network troubles? Reset your gateway.
Zach Zach (249)
5 minutes

If your Internet is running slowly or you're experiencing other connectivity issues with your Comcast router or modem, it's a good idea to either reset your gateway to factory defaults or simply restart it. The exact method for resetting your Xfinity router or modem can vary slightly by model. For Comcast router/modem combos, resetting the router to factory settings will also reset the modem -- thus, the terms "router", "modem", and "gateway" are often used interchangeably. Resetting router or modem Resetting your modem will wipe all previous router configuration -- including wifi network name, password, login information, etc. -- thus restoring it to factory defaults. This is different than restarting your router, which does not clear any settings and simply brings your network down and back up. Restarting router or modem To restart your Comcast router (without clearing any settings), simply unplug it, wait at least 30 seconds, and plug it back in. To reset your Comcast router, use the following steps: