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Questions tagged [router]

Routers and bits, Features, techniques, safety etc.

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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 ...
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Reproducing tenons in semi rough cut timber

I've recently cut mortices using a template and busing guide with a plunge router to get easily reproducible results. I then cut mortices by routing away 5mm all round my timber. I then discovered ...
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How to create a 6“ hole template with a 1/4” bit and 5/16" template guide?

I need to make MANY 6" holes using a router. If I use a 5/16" template guide and a 1/4" straight bit, what size hole must I make the template? I don't have much scrap to experiment with. My gut ...
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What are these holes in the router base plate for?

I have a Bosch POF 1200 AE router which is nice and I like it. However I do not understand (and could not find on the internet) what are these three additional holes in the base plate. What are they ...
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Tabletop inlay design sources

I am planning in making a tabletop, with rounded corners, and want to decorate the top with some grooves that I could make with the router using the edge guide. Something like this (excuse my drawing ...
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Why does my router have countersunk holes on its bottom plate?

My router has countersunk holes in its base. What am I supposed to attach between the bit and the base?
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Differences Between Bolts Used in T Track?

I use a T track router bit that is meant to create a path for 1/4" hex bolts in wood. Its a really nice feature to have for DIY projects, but occasionally, the hex bolt rotates and causes friction ...
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Can I chamfer/bevel the top of a post with a router?

I have a 110mm square laminated pine post. I want to put a 45 degree bevel on the top of the post, around all four edges. I don't have a mitre saw, but I do have a plunge router and a 45 degree ...
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Trim / Casing and Baseboard choices between rooms

I understand this is partially design, however I think it's part of the art of fine trim carpenters. This is my second floor sitting room which has routed 1x8s as baseboard and 1x6 with the same ...
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static shocks from festool router

I am using a festool router with a 1 1/2 armana straight bit to create breadboard tenons on a table top. This appears to be generating a lot of static electricity -- evidenced by the jolts I receive ...
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Ridgid palm router microadjustment drift

I had to surface some boards, and Woodworld is having classes this week so they can't get to it. This seemed like a good opportunity to use some parts I had from a CNC build a few years ago, so I ...
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is it ok to tighten a router bit so the bottom is flush with the bottom of the collet?

I made a router table out of pretty thick plywood. Because of this I need to stick the router bit at the top of the collet to get it to clear the table. Is that ok or must I stick the router bit as ...
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Router to create this baseboard?

I have old baseboards in our house and need to replace just a two foot section. I figure it would be cheapest for me to attempt to make my own. I had a guy work on our house a few years back that ...
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What useful features should I look for in a router?

I'm thinking about buy my 1st router. I would be using for general wood working. I.e cutting out slots, finishing off edges, mainly trying to learn. The question is what features, characteristics and ...
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Curved stairway re-do

newbie here. I'm about to tackle rebuilding the 180 degree curved, plywood/carpeted stairs in my home with solid 3/4" oak treads and painted hardboard risers. My question has to do with cutting the ...
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Cutting a spherical depression in wood

I am trying to create a smooth spherical depression in wood that, the depression is 1.75in in diameter and 0.5in deep. I have access to a drill press, fixed router, and some chisels but I am not sure ...
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Cutting 2" (50mm) hemispheres into wood

The image shows hemispherical holes cut into wood, what tool can I use to do that? I could have bought that mancala game from toysrus but I need holes a bit deeper and wider to hold more stuff. Also I ...
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Making layered thin stock (complex shape) flush?

For my project I've ran into a issue that I am unsure how to resolve. I am making legs for a stand. These legs (finished) are approx. 3" thick after face-gluing three 1" boards. Each board was cut ...
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Smooth tree trunk cross section [duplicate]

I have a big slab which is a cross section of a large tree trunk. The slab is about 10 inches thick and 3 feet in diameter, so it is large, heavy piece of wood. I cannot lift it. I moved to its ...
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Bullnose router bit 1/4“shank is there a max radius (can't find 1” radius on 1/4" or 8mm shank)

I'm looking to finish my woodworking project by rounding the edges of the surfaces with a bullnose routing bit. Like other furnishing in our home. I'm working with 22mm MDF and don't want the straight ...
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How to fix a collet chuck on a router [duplicate]

I have recently been using my router a lot lately and have noticed that it's losing it's ability to grip the bit as during operation the bit will slowly change height to the point of almost falling ...
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What tools can I use for doing this type of semicircular groove?

I have never worked with woodwork and I am very interested in starting to create my first pieces. Anyway, there is one piece that I have no idea how to do this circular groove. What are the tools for ...
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Why is hand held routing less prone to kickbacks than routing on a router table?

I've read many times that you should avoid climb cutting at all costs on a router table. The router bit can grab the wood and pull it from your hands and possibly sending your digits right into the ...
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What is the second router table you choose to have, how it works? [closed]

I am a woodwork newbie, I don't think I can build a custom router table. It seems like Bosch RA1181 is good for my first router table. Bosch RA1181 But after lots of wrong choices on my woodworking ...
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How to achieve slightly rounded edge?

I am new to woodworking and I am trying to reproduce a picture frame I found in a catalog. I wonder how they achieve a slightly rounded edge (see picture below). I suspect that they use a router and ...
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How to go about cutting more “organic” shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

I recently had a friend ask me if I could help him repair some office chairs by replacing the entire back piece with a wooden one as there are some cracks progressively getting worse down the back of ...
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Why choose a DIY router table over a mananufactured version?

I am a woodworking newbie. Recently I decided to obtain a router table and am curious why some woodworkers choose to make their own rather than purchase a manufactured one. What are some reasons to ...
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Why do (electric) routers spin so fast?

I was just noodling a possible milling operation for some slide-in dividers and was thinking it might actually be faster and more accurate in the set-up if I did it on my (metalworking) vertical ...
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Why did my flush trim bit chew up my work piece?

I tried to do something like the first picture in this article and it was a disaster. I was working with 3/4" maple and bit dug in, chewed it to pieces, and eventually broke the piece in half. I ...
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Does a route table sag if you do not leave the router attached to it?

I am slowly putting together an absolute beginner workshop (too much to call it so) without trying to invest too much money since I am doing woodworking for fun and some practical needs around the ...
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Building new router table by re purposing components of an off shelf router table-need advice

I have this router table http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/ma...-0546841p.html which is exactly 2' wide I am building a router table top from a piece of high density MDF from Home Depot. The size is 2'...
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How do I achieve inset edge beading?

I would like to achieve an inset edge beading effect on a drawer front as seen here: What would be the best approach for achieving this? I would rather do this on the face of the drawer rather than ...
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How to make shallow flat-bottomed hole on 5mm thickness wood slice?

I want to make a wood slice magnet which an extra thickness magnet is inserted on a 5mm thickness wood slice. Here is my material. The trouble is that I couldn't find a suitable forstner for it, and ...
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Use a fence with a router bit with a bearing?

I was putting a roundover on some pieces and used my router table. The table has a fence, and the 1/8" roundover bit I used had a bearing on the bottom (top with the router installed in the table). I ...
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Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer

I've seen a lot of jigs to do edge jointing on a table saw or router, including this question. I haven't seen much for flattening one of the faces, though. If the board is narrow (less than ~3"), I ...
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How to use a router to cut a thick wood board

Having purchased a trim router just recently, I'm practicing some simple woodworking. At the moment, I have a 4 feet x 4 feet plywood board (3/4 inch thick) that I want to separate into 4 square ...
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Need a new router collet , or bit? [duplicate]

I use my router in the router planer. It has been through a lot of use and I use 2 different bits for planing. Both are 1/2 straight bits. Recently they will start to fall out if I went to fast, even ...
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Max bit size in Craftsman fixed-base router

I have a Craftsman router, model 320.17541, and a Craftsman router table, model 320.28180. The manual for the router indicates that the max diameter for a bit should be 1 1/4", due to the size of ...
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What is this tool called for making wave surface?

I saw a special tool for making wave surface which looks very useful, it looks like this: It will do you a wave surface! Can someone tell me what the tool is called, that is set on the workbench? ...
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At what point in the build/finish process should I apply edge treatments with my router?

In the past, I have always applied edge treatments like round-overs or chamfers before I do any finishing prep like sanding or scraping. The router bits leave what looks like a nicely finished edge. ...
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Routing tight edges/corners

I'm making a name sign and had a "duh" moment after I started routing the edges. Is there any way - or perhaps another technique that someone could recommend - to get the routed edge in these ...
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Bullnose router bit, 1/4“ shank, 1/4” radius, bearing guide DOESN'T EXIST?

I am having the hardest time finding a 1/4" shank, 1/4" radius (1/2" diameter), bullnose router bit with a bearing guide. It's almost as if there is some mechanical reason why this bit can't exist?! I ...
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Can overusing a trim router be bad?

I have made a planer table that uses a sled on top to use my router as the planing device. After using it for a good 45 minutes to an hour, my $60 Performax router is getting very warm. Do I need to ...
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Router bit used for this profile?

I'm pretty novice and am currently experimenting with my newly purchased router table and am making cut out handles in plywood doors. I'd love to achieve something similar to the attached image. I'm ...