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How to cut at a precise angle with a router?

I'm trying to make a platonic solid out of solid wood. I've computed that each edge should deviate 31.77 degrees from the vertical. I'm confident that I can produce a set of identical pentagons with ...
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Why would a router bit have a spur on it?

Was just gifted what at first glance I thought was a 2" flattening bit for a 1/2" shank router. But it has a spur and cutting rim like a forstner bit except there's no way with a shank of ...
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How to make this curved chamfer?

This is about 20 to 30 degrees from the plane. Can I make this without a CNC ? I can't find a router bit with this kind of angle, and a bearing at the end.
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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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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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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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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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Grinding down my endmill/drill/rotary bit's shank

I have another router with a 1/4" collet. I want to be able to use my 3/8" shank CNC endmill on it. So I'm thinking of grinding the shank to 1/4". Here's how I'm gonna do it: I'll put ...
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The optimum passes for cutting plywood with CNC

I have a question about the optimal number of passes for cutting 3/4" plywood with a CNC machine. I've been using 3 to 4 passes, but I've noticed that only the head of my bit seems to be doing ...
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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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1/4" straight router bit 6mm ply

I'm making a panel and have imperial router bits. I can only get ply in metric. If I buy 6mm ply, will it create a resistance fit with a slot cut using a 1/4" bit. Not sure if the 0.35mm ...
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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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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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Is there anything wrong with using a 3 degree router bit to make a bevel?

There was a question asked on reddit recently from someone that was trying to create a bevel on a door for as little money as possible which was accompanied by a lot of hate/negative feedback. After ...
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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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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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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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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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Problem in the shank diameter of trim router bits

My router supports 6mm shank bits. However the bits that I have are 6.35mm shank diameter. Can I safely and reliably change the collet of the router to accept a 6.35mm tool without compromising safety?...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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Brand new CMT router bits won’t cut

Summary I recently purchased a set of 13 1/2” collet router bits from TayTools. I’m new to routing, and purchased the Kobalt router table. Setting everything up, I attempted to make a cut with a 3/4” ...
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Router bit without shank

I inherited a router and stand from a neighbor who passed away. Nice router and stand, so I'd like to use it. It has an older model Sears router (315.17380) with a fixed shank. The bits are changed by ...
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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 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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Router bit problem (falling out) [duplicate]

I bought a router bit to make a nice edge on a board. I was able to do 2 sides but when I tried to do the 3rd side the bit kept falling out. I tighten with the two nuts but the bit keeps falling out. ...
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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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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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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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Flush trim pattern router bit

I am attempting to replicate router cuts I made a template and am having difficulty finding router bit that works. My template sits on top of the triangle. I tried using a flush cut pattern bit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...