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Questions tagged [router-bit]

Partnered with a router are used to profile wood. Wide selection of bits makes for interesting patterns.

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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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Advice on narrow CNC angles

I’d like to cut this with a CNC machine: It will slot into another piece. As you can’t really create internal 90 degree angles with CNC the other piece has 10mm fillets as does this piece - but it ...
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How to achieve a rounded edge on a thick panel of solid, hard wood

I am trying to make a corner shelf that would match some existing pieces of furniture. I cannot understand how the edge was made, or more precisely, how I could achieve something similar. The round ...
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Does the edge profile of a tabletop really matter?

I'm building a dining table and I try to follow the "form follows function" philosophy. I need to decide what type of edge to put on my table (round over, bullnose, ogee, beveled, etc). I know I at ...
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How do I clean resin residue from router bits

Routing chipboard and pine and other conifer woods a router bit of mine built up residue. I managed to clean some of it with acetone and mineral spirits but still there was left. The bit looks and ...
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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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Most efficient bit characteristics for 1-1/4hp router.

I have a 1-1/4 hp router that only has a 1/4" collet. Assuming I want to hog the deepest widest dado possible in one cut, what characteristics do I want? Put aside buy a bigger router arguments for ...
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What is the difference between flush trim, pattern, and template router bits?

I see router bits marketed as flush trim bits, pattern bits, template bits, but they all seem to be similar in design. The cutting edges are exactly lined up with a bearing, so that an exact copy of a ...
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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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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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Strongest sliding dovetail angle

I am putting two halves of a round tabletop together by way of a Full Blind Tapered Sliding Dovetail... I just need to know what is going to make the strongest or most durable joint between a 7 degree ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to make a 3/4" flat bottomed hole?

I recently bought a 1/2" 2 flute end mill bit, which fits in my table top drill press (1/2" chuck). I'm making perfectly flat bottomed holes (won't be seen in the final project) that go almost all the ...
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Proper bit selection for plunge router?

I have a router with fixed and plunge bases, and a handful of bits. I have not yet used the plunge base, but I will need shallow plunged cuts for my next project. Can I use a bit I already have, or do ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Finding router bits to make decorative trim grooves

I have a door with a transom that I need to fabricate a divider for, which consists of two differently sized pieces of wood, each with a bevelled groove. One is 2-1/4" x 3/4" and the other is 1-7/8" ...
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How do i create a really long box joint?

The Sane Man's Approach As I'm about to remove a wall I have to add a steel I-Beam as a post to support the ceiling. My plan is to cover all four sides so that it looks like a wooden post. Normally I ...
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Is a long router bit safe?

There are some really long router bits from my second favorite router bit company that have straights with blades from 2 to 3 inches long. Is that safe in any way? Is it more of a thing where as a ...
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How do I remove a stuck router bit from a plunge router?

I am borrowing a friend's "Skil 1823 Type 1 Plunge Router", and I am having some trouble removing the router bit that was already in it. Everything online has said that removing the collet nut should ...
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Can I use a 6mm shank in a 1/4 inch collet?

There is a nice bit I would love to get/use but it uses a 6mm shank. My router uses 1/4 inch shank. It is a 0.014 inch difference...is it a bad idea to get this? Is there an adapter or something if ...
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Can you make shaker doors out of one piece of MDF?

I've seen people make raised panel doors out of one piece of MDF. I've also seen a professional machine make a shaker door out of one piece. But is it feasible for someone to make one with a handheld ...
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Number of flutes on a router bit

What is the benefit of a single flute, double flute or even triple? The more flutes the better the cut or just the opposite maybe?
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Flush trim Router bit question

I have seen the flush trims that are either flat or normal if you will then they have some that are up-cut or down-cut. What is the main purpose with these? what makes them so special compared to a ...
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How to start a cut when using router templates

I have a template and a router, and am told I need a plunge bit. If I put the template on top of the wood, how do I start the hole? Do I cut a hole in the wood to have a starting point then follow the ...
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Router bit speed as a function of wood hardness

I understand why larger router bits should be operated at lower speeds and there are a multitude of router bit speed charts out there to help you choose the correct speed for any given bit. It all ...
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Can I use a CNC router bit specified for metal on wood?

Some online shops selling CNC router bits only specify what metals the bit can be used on. Is it safe to assume that if the bit can be used to mill metals that it's safe to use all types of non-...
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How to determine if a router bit is safe to use?

I recently started using my router table and read both here and on the net about router safety. That covered using the tool itself. Now reading the question about exceeding bit RPM I realize I never ...
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Can I run a router bit over its max RPM?

A lot of router bits say "maximum speed X rpm". What will happen if I run it faster? Will I die? Will a portal to another universe open? Will demonic creatures, neither man nor beast, burst forth from ...
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What method or tool is available to make the following type of hole/indent in a piece of wood? [duplicate]

I would like to make a sphere like hole in a piece of wood like the image below. Is there a special bit or tool to do this?
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I was thinking of buying a router. I tried a router bit in my power drill. It didn't work

I used the router bit in the following setup and moved the work piece. Note this picture is faked but it gives a good idea. The problem is that the resistance was enormous and if I forced it, it ...
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Router tears wood, leaves streaks

I bought a router and am practicing. When I cut across the grain (actually, it does not matter, see "conclusion") I noticed that sometimes it tears bits of the wood out. For example, here are two ends ...
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How can I chamfer thick (1.5") material?

I'd like to add a 22.5 degree chamfer to thick (1.5"+) material. In the past I've done small chamfers on a router table with a chamfer bit. Unfortunately I can't seem to find any chamfer bits that ...
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Is it sensible to use a router for cutting large dados?

I'm working on some landscaping projects with interlocking halved joints. The material is 100x50mm treated pine so my cuts are 50x50mm. I'm currently achieving my cuts by clamping several lengths ...
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What's the easiest way to line up a tongue and groove?

I just got a tongue and groove router bit, and on my first attempt on some scrap I had about 1/32"-1/16" of an offset between the two boards I was joining. I think I went wrong by thinking I could ...
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When do I need to use a router table instead of a handheld router?

I was looking at the directions that came with my 1/2" shank 3/4" tongue and groove router bit, and noticed that it recommended it be mounted on a router table for improved safety. Which got me ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

Most cutting tools have a certain removal rate of material at which they should operate. You don't want to go too slow because it takes forever. And if you go to fast the tool heats up too much. ...
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Can I use a plungable router bit on a drill press?

I'm currently working on a cutting board. With a core box bit, I made rounded grooves close to the edges of the board. I would like to have bigger grooves on the corners. I'm thinking of using a ...
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Should router bits be stored with the gel coating that came on them when they were originally purchased?

My straight router bit came in a little plastic box that has a hole that the shaft of the bit fits into. The other half of the bit (i.e. with the two cutting edges) was covered in some transparent ...
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When should I use a spiral router bit?

Straight-cut router bits come with blades with three broad shapes: straight, down-spiral, and up-spiral from left to right, straight blade, down-spiral blade, and up spiral blade, from amazon.com ...
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How and when should I sharpen my router bits?

I recently got a router and a set of Freud carbide router bits. I had a friend tell me that he sharpens his bits after every use. So I have a few closely related questions: How often should I sharpen ...