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Routers and bits, features, techniques, safety etc.

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Using SOSS-style hinges to create 180° flush-folding tabletop

I have been given a project by the other half to recreate a dining table the folds in half lengthways. The project seems fairly sensible and would be easy to put together using regular hardware etc., ...
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What guidelines should I follow for selecting a bushing for my router bit?

When selecting a guide bushing from my newly purchased set, how do I determine which one to use for any given router bit when I'm following a template? Do I want the tightest tolerance possible? If ...
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What is a "dust pass"?

In a question about routing MDF & HDF, an answer suggested: when routing conventionally use a second "dust pass" What is a "dust pass"?
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Does HDF require different circular saw blades and routing bits to cut cleanly?

I've never worked with HDF before and need to do some panel cutting work, corner radiusing and edge profiling, will ordinary woodworking rotary saw teeth & router blades cut HDF leaving fluffy ...
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Plunge-routing into end grain

I'm looking to know it I can actually plunge-cut with a router right into the end grain, and use a template with some bit with a bearing to cut a non-through hole into the end grain. To make things ...
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Makita RT0700C plunge base, is the plastic guard detachable?

I didn't find anything on this in the user manual. If this is similar to my previous router (Bosch branded), you would think that it simply rotates when you need a clear view of the router bit. I ...
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How does a worktop jig work?

I got myself a worktop jig like this one: It is normally used to make 90 degrees joint for kitchen worktops, with what is called "hockey stick" cut: The jig instructions call for a 30 mm ...
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Is a featherboard necessary on a router table? Why not a block of wood?

I looking to chamfer the corners of 1" square stock to make octagonal timber using a homemade table-mounted router. I have so far been using a 45 degree bit with a bearing but without a fence. I ...
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Routed Brazillian cherry warps after cutting

I started with a 9" x 20" piece of Brazilian cherry, and router cut 5 holes (one circular one, 4 rectangular ones) through the entire width of the board of different sizes in a non-symmetric ...
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How to cut bevel lengthwise along rafter

I'm planning a garden office where the roof is angled diagonally, so one corner will be lowest, the two adjacent corners will be mid-height, and the final corner will be the tallest. The gradient of ...
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Large 1/4 inch 45 degree chamfer router bit for cutting mitres

I am wanting to perform some mitre 45 degree cuts with my router table as my cheapo mitre saw doesn't have a straight fence (sad noises); so I've been looking for a chamfer bit that is large enough to ...
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Vibration when routing using large bits

I have been getting vibration trying to cut a box joint using a 1/2" trim bit. The cut is big since the wood thickness is 1", the cut is 1" high by 1/2" diameter. Material is ash. ...
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How did I bend this router bit? What safety or operating step did I miss?

I turned on my compact router with a tongue cutting bit installed. Immediately after I hit the on switch I heard grinding noises and felt the router try to wobble out of my grip. I turned off the ...
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Fixing skew dog holes

I'm working on a workbench and I have started drilling the dog holes using a drill guide and a 19mm (3/4") forstner bit. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong, but a couple of the dog holes are ...
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Basic router/bit question

I want to tidy up the bottom edge of a wooden door threshold. I've never used a router but I thought it would be the perfect tool for this, running the router along the top edge of the door sill and ...
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Should I give my router a “break” between passes?

I’m using a Bosch 1617 on a Kreg Router Table. Should I ever let me router “rest” or cool down? Currently, I turn it on, make a pass, then turn it off and get prepped for my next pass or next piece.
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Kobalt Router Depth Adjustment Skips

I just got this Kobalt router and router table combo from Lowe's. Since I am new to using a router, I thought this would be a good place to start. When I started using it to made some rails and ...
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Why does my router change depth while I work?

I am making some one-piece shaker style doors out of MDF. To cut the inset, I'm using a 1/2" collet router with a 2" surfacing bit. I was using a trim router with a 3/4" straight bit but I was having ...
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Multi Step router template

I just purchased a router inlay kit and i'm going to be starting a project where I want to cut out a section of a tabletop all the way through, and then create an insert for it. But, I want to create ...
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How can I create a bevel edge with smoothly changing angle?

I'm wondering how I could achieve a bevel along the edge of a table top where the angle changes smoothly along the way. See reference image attached of this same effect on a chopping board. I could ...
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Flush fitting to an uneven surface

I'm building a kitchen cabinet into a concrete wall that has been rendered imperfectly (over concrete blocks that weren't perfect either). In some places, the front of my plywood cabinet box is flush ...
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Trim router - Arbor has small amount of play along its axis, is this normal? (DWP611)

Last week I was using my router and I think the guide bushing vibrated loose -- it chipped the bit, chewed up inside of the bushing a little (luckily it was only brass or it might have been more ...
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Creating a shallow recess in Ikea countertop for sink flange

I am installing new butcher block-style counters in my kitchen. The new sink has a flat flange around the edge. (It is made to work as as undermount or a drop-in.) I want to drop in the sink. ...
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Struggle to cut material with router, dull bit?

I want to cut 35mm holes for European-style hinges in melamine. Because I don't have a drill press, I decided to cut the holes using a router with guide bushing and template. I'm pretty new to the ...
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Handle cutouts safely using a router

I'm new to using a router and have been experimenting with basic cuts on a table. I have not tried a handheld or freehanded on the table. I recently did all the cuts to make a serving tray and I want ...
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How to use a router to replicate a shape but smaller?

I have a router template with a shape that I want to replicate on a piece of wood (it's some sort of oval) but it is a bit larger than I want it. I've never used a rabbet router bit but it seems that ...
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Routing out recess for base plate - router table

I want to make a mini router table. The base material is a type of birch plywood with 15 layers or so, 21mm thick. Well if the dictionary serves me right, it's actually called "textured coated board" ...
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Tear out when plate making w/ a router

Material is hard maple, though this happens a little bit with cherry and not at all with walnut. I've been making plates with my router, and with almost 100% consistency I end up having to spend ...
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How do I use this adapter for a router bit with an M10 internal shaft?

I purchased a Mafell hand router (model LO 65 Ec) and it came with this adapter: The top (narrow end opposite the threaded male) has some sort of female hex socket. Where are female threaded router ...
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Cordless router in router table [closed]

Are cordless trim routers compatible with any router tables?
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Should I use a router before or after my finish is done?

First time poster so forgive me if my question is worded poorly. I have a wood art piece that I'm coming close to finishing. I plan on routing out the back of the piece to lay in some LED lights to ...
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Plunge router base plate has a bit sticking out - why?

I just got a router and there's a plate on the bottom (required for the dust extractor attachment) which has a hole in it with a raised circular wall that protrudes beyond the level of the base. Is ...
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How can I bevel the edge of a large disc?

I'm cutting a 900mm circle out of a 35mm thick hardwood panel using a router jig that I've built and a straight cut bit. That works very well for 90° degree sides, but I would also like to be able to ...
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What can a plunge router do that a fixed router cannot?

I am a beginning woodworker, and I'm thinking about buying a router later this year. I note that fixed base routers are somewhat cheaper than plunge routers, which is attractive to me. As such, I'm ...
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CNC Router square internal corners

We're trying to figure the best way to make a wine rack, if possible with our CNC. It needs to have square corners on the inside, is there any special router bit that can accomplish this? We're making ...
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Spindle moulder blocks and cutters

I have just purchased an old Tyzack spindle moulder (shaper) and need some help please. I'm new to carpentry and have never used a spindle moulder before. I am in need of a block and cutters. I ...
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Best way to hollow-out mantle (at least 4" deep)

I would like to hollow-out the backside of a mantle board, and I'm trying to think of the best way to do it. I have various tools at my disposal, or can procure a needed tool. The purpose is to hide ...
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Router, how make a deep plunge cut?

I am really new to woodworking and I'm out of ideas on how to accomplish this. I am making a magnetic knife block. The stock is 11" long x 3" wide x 1 12/16" deep. I need to cut a 1 1/4" wide by 1 11/...
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Reducing collet 3/8" - 1/4"

I picked up a relatively cheap plunge router that takes 3/8" however I can't seem to find any reasonably priced 3/8" shank bit kits. I have found 1/4" and obviously it doesn't fit. Is there an ...
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CNC router bit to cut french cleat?

I'm looking for the name or even a specific bit recommendation that could cut a french cleat angle (45 angle) into a piece of wood. Much like a dovetail bit but at a 45 degree. Do these bits even ...
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Router planing jig problem - tracks

I put together a simple router planing jig - everything seems level, but as I pass the router over this test board, it leaves a track (as pictured). You can barely feel it, and hitting the board with ...
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Choosing a plunge router by power

Currently, I only have a trim router, which is very weak. So I've decided to buy a invertible plunge router, but I'm not sure about which one to buy. There's a limited number of plunge routers I can ...
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What spiral bit cutting diameter to cut 1 inch wide pocket into hardwood using CNC router

I need to cut 1 inch wide by 5-inch length pockets into various types of hardwood to a depth of 1.5in. My question is how do I pick the cutting diameter of the spiral bit. I understand that probably ...
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CNC-Vcarve: 45° Bevel on 3/4" Board with 1/2 v-Bit

I'd like to put a 45° bevel (miter) on one edge of a 3/4" board with a 1/2 " 90° V-bit I already own. This seems like it should be possible, but I am having issues 1) figuring out myself; or 2) ...
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In what order should I sand and route my edges?

I'm building a kitchen table from a planed slab and want to round the edges over using my router and a 1/8in round-over bit. I am curious if I should sand up (80grit - 320grit) first then do my edge ...
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Special switch or out of box failure?

I just bought my very first router, it's a DeWalt DW621 (it has a cord, no batteries). I plugged it in and pressed the on-switch, but I'm getting no response from the router. Did I forget to remove ...
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Hanging a picture frame ledge with a keyhole routed slot

I'm designing a picture frame ledge and trying to keep the design as minimalistic as possible. The concept is similar to the following Ikea ledge: Mosslanda. I came up with the idea of using a ...
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Routing a through dado in a small piece of wood

First of all, I might have used wrong term in a question title, not sure if what I need to do can really be called "dado". Feel free to correct me in that case. Here is what I need to do: Speaking ...
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Securing the cable chain on a CNC gantry

I have laser cut the ends of a bicycle brake cable cable chain platform on a CNC I am building. I have looped the bicycle brake cables around one end and tucked the end of the cable through the loop. ...
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Is making this picture frame do-able?

My wife would like me to build her a picture frame, but she has some requirements. She wants it to look like metal. (She apparently found a spray paint that makes it look metal). She wants the ...