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How to recreate this bevel with ledge profile?

I'm wanting to build a display case like the one pictured, however I'm not sure how the 'ledge' at the top of the bevel is done. I initially thought it would be router with chamfer bit and maybe table ...
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Can I use a flush trim bit with a jig for kitchen worktop joints?

I'm looking to a do a 90 degrees join between kitchen worktops (countertops) and my router only goes up to 8mm bits, but I see most jigs need a 12mm or 1/2inch bit plus a bushing. The moment I saw the ...
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How to route smoothe, diagonal S-shape onto edge of wood board?

I have a wooden table that’s extendable. Unfortunately, i let the middle extension piece slip away at some point, and now I’d like to recreate it. I found wood with the correct thickness and length ...
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Drawer face replacement help

My kitchen is missing a drawer. I have rebuilt the box but need help finding or creating a replacement drawer face. I have looked at hardware stores and they don't seem to have the correct style. Is ...
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Flush trim bits too short for 1/4in router

I have a trim router with a 1/4in shank size and need to flush trim plywood that is 30mm thick. All flush trim bits that I could find which are long enough are for 1/2in shank routers? What are my ...
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Need help creating serving tray handles

I’m making a serving tray in a woodworking course. I designed it to have a “fence” running along the length of the board and attaching the handles between the two fences. As you can see from the ...
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Router Table - Ripping and Inside Cutouts

Im working on a “control panel” made out of 3/16” acrylic with several small cutouts in it for gauges, displays etc. Overall the piece is about 20” by 7”. In the past I have cut the acrylic to size ...
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Remove 3/8" of wood to allow for tile and necessary grout?

I am building a wood desk clock using 6/4 walnut and a clock insert. I want to install a 4" X 4" X 1/4" decorative ceramic tile below the clock. I think I would need to remove 3/8" ...
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What router bits do I need for this job?

I live in a 1930s house in the UK with all the original windows (single glazed). All the windows are wooden casements (although a few are "faux casements": they look like real opening ...
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Keyhole routing 'endgrain' of plywood

I have seen this article about using a keyhole router cutter in order to hang shelves, cutting into the edge of the board rather than the face. I know that this should be fine for the solid wood ...
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Can I use the same router nut for a 6mm collet on the Makita RT0701C?

I am using the Makita RT0701C along with the OneFinity CNC. I needed a 6mm shank router bit for some inlays I am doing so I ordered a 6mm collet from bits and bits. Is it okay if I use the same nut ...
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Carving V Grooves using a "high carbon" V Groove router bit

With a router, I need to put V Grooves, mostly on thick MDF. I don't have a router of my own & I'm borrowing one, on the condition I use my own bits. I said yes, considering this is a one-time. ...
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Large Half Lap Joints For "L" Shelving

Fairly new to woodworking and building some pantry shelves that go on two walls, forming an 'L.' See pictures below. My question is what is the best way to rout these fairly large half laps? The half ...
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How can I avoid tear out and get a smooth side on a circular plywood cutting board where the grain runs in various directions?

*UPDATE: For those interested in how I achieved the design, skip to 'CONSTRUCTION'. I've constructed the following circular cutting board out of hexagonal sections of plywood and I'm trying to get the ...
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What should I do about a router base plate opening that is too small?

My DeWalt DCW600B 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless Compact Router came with a D-base base plate with an approximately 1.5 inch opening. This is slightly too small for my 1/2 inch roundover bit (see ...
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How to trace a piece of wood with curved edges

I have a metal bench (like a park bench) with wood around the edges, but the wood is extremely worn and I would like to replace it. Because the top and bottom of the bench is curved, I am going to try ...
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Another router profile - which bit to use?

The photo is a square slice through a 6 x 6 post which has this shaping done each corner. I am replacing the post and want to reproduce this. I need a bit because the routed part of the edge is about ...
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How to clamp a fence for a router on a narrow piece of wood

I have a few dados to make with a router on MDF boards. The boards are 28 to 40 cm (11" to ~15 3/4") wide, and lengthwise they range from 80 cm to 250 cm (~31 1/2" to ~98 7/16"). I'...
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How do I achieve this edge with a router?

I'm essentially restoring a bathroom in a 1920s house and I'm trying to be as true to the original woodwork as I can (as a novice). I'm using my dad's old router for the first time ever and so far it'...
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

I have a two person desk that was made years ago from 16mm wood, PG bison boards. The top is a 32mm top. It is attached to the legs and mid-section with biscuits where wood glue was applied and the ...
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To notch internal bottom corners of steps

Is there a power tool that will notch the bottom corner of already existing stairs? It's an old wooden staircase that we are putting laminate flooring on. For a neater look, we intend to make a ...
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Are there any accessories that work with a corded 1/2 inch collet DeWALT router and a cordless 1/4 inch collet DeWALT palm router?

I have a DeWALT Cordless Trim Router (model DCW600B). I'm wanting to cut some dovetails for the first time with a router. I just purchased a PORTER-CABLE Dovetail Jig with Mini Template Kit (4216) to ...
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How can I trim plywood flush to an edge that is not 90 degrees?

I am building a small door. I have a frame that is glued and nailed together that is 1 inch thick shown here: 1/4" birch plywood will be glued to both sides of this. The plan was to glue ...
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Is there an advantage to have the bearing above or below a 1/4" cutter router bit

I want to use a router to cut a 1/4" slot (in poplar) to make a panel door with 1/4" plywood. (In the past I've use a table saw.) I need to buy a bit. I'm choosing 1/2" shank so it will ...
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How to cut chevron detail on mjolnir handle

I'm trying to achieve a similar effect to the handle on this: I want to do this entirely in wood. How would I go about cutting that on a wood lathe? Or any way for that matter...
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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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