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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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