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Routers and bits, features, techniques, safety etc.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spindle moulder blocks and cutters

I have just purchased an old Tyzack spindle moulder (shaper) and need some help please. I'm new to carpentry and have never used a spindle moulder before. I am in need of a block and cutters. I ...
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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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Mitigating static shocks from a Festool router

I am using a Festool router with a 1-1/2 Amana 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 if ...
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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 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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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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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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Tear out when plate making w/ a router

Material is hard maple, though this happens a little bit with cherry and not at all with walnut. I've been making plates with my router, and with almost 100% consistency I end up having to spend ...
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Cordless router in router table [closed]

Are cordless trim routers compatible with any router tables?
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Should I use a router before or after my finish is done?

First time poster so forgive me if my question is worded poorly. I have a wood art piece that I'm coming close to finishing. I plan on routing out the back of the piece to lay in some LED lights to ...
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Plunge router base plate has a bit sticking out - why?

I just got a router and there's a plate on the bottom (required for the dust extractor attachment) which has a hole in it with a raised circular wall that protrudes beyond the level of the base. Is ...
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How can I bevel the edge of a large disc?

I'm cutting a 900mm circle out of a 35mm thick hardwood panel using a router jig that I've built and a straight cut bit. That works very well for 90° degree sides, but I would also like to be able to ...
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What can a plunge router do that a fixed router cannot?

I am a beginning woodworker, and I'm thinking about buying a router later this year. I note that fixed base routers are somewhat cheaper than plunge routers, which is attractive to me. As such, I'm ...
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CNC Router square internal corners

We're trying to figure the best way to make a wine rack, if possible with our CNC. It needs to have square corners on the inside, is there any special router bit that can accomplish this? We're making ...
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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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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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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 hand tools to use for rounding edges and creating pockets?

I've seen some tutorials online about how to create a cutting board, and all of them suggests using a power router to round the edges and create the pockets for the handles. It looks so easy to do ...
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How can you safely operate a router table without a fence?

I am now the proud owner of a used router and table. I am just getting ready to use it for the first time and was reading some emails and saw the following ad. Image from WoodPeck So almost all ...
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Router planing jig problem - tracks

I put together a simple router planing jig - everything seems level, but as I pass the router over this test board, it leaves a track (as pictured). You can barely feel it, and hitting the board with ...
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Choosing a plunge router by power

Currently, I only have a trim router, which is very weak. So I've decided to buy a invertible plunge router, but I'm not sure about which one to buy. There's a limited number of plunge routers I can ...
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Why does direction matter when using an electric router?

I was watching an episode of the Wood Whisperer on YouTube, and he was making a frame for a mirror. At one point in the video he was going to put a round-over on the frame and was using an electric ...
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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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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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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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How to extend a routed rabbet to the inside corners of a cabinet door or other frame?

I fixed up a cabinet in my bathroom, and made a bunch of cabinet doors for it. One of the cabinet doors, I made to have a frosted glass insert with some towels behind it. I used a router with a ...
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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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Stabilizing thin boards, with trim, vertically on a router table

I have a 30" long, 1/2" thick piece of plywood. I want to attach a 30" x 1/8" x 1/2" pine strip to one of the long edges. I only have 3/4" pine to cut the strips out of and it's got a bit of a curve, ...
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Building a Cabinet with Drawers on a Budget

I want to build a cabinet with drawers but I don't have many tools. I have a drill, a square, a level, and some hand saws. Most guides make use of a table saw and dado blades. I'm thinking about ...
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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 ...