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A "dust pass" is a second (or last) machining pass that removes just a tiny amount of material — sometimes literally producing only dust as the name suggests — to improve surface finish and/or remove burn marks. In a router context I believe it's most commonly utilised for improving edges when pattern routing and when using a fence, either the ...


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Carbide or diamond cutters are best, but carbide (and probably even diamond cutters) will still generally leave a "fluffy" edge which requires sanding and sealing. Be aware that even with carbide cutters (I do not have experience of diamond cutters so can't comment on those), your blades will dull very quickly. Where I used to work, we would run 45°...


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First be mindful that HDF, like MDF, is a class of material and not a specification, so the product can and does vary. MDF spans a range of densities and HDF does too, with the top of the first category smoothly seguing into the bottom of the second. In short, some HDF is more like MDF than other examples. That said, if you adopt any of the numerous standard ...


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Sheet goods without veneers like HDF and MDF contain a lot of glue. This means you will want to invest in higher quality carbide-tipped tooling. (I'm not even sure I've seen a pure high-speed-steel tool for sale in the usual places, but it is worthwhile stressing that this is a material that will dull HSS tools fast.) As for straight cuts, any ATB (...


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