pics for routing tip (REVISED)

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Blog entry by dlcarver posted 04-05-2008 12:47 PM 1541 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a tip for some jocks who have to do a lot of routing on smaller and quick projects, especially if they are making small signs. This tip can be used on larger projects as well with a little adaptation. I learned of this from a little old sign maker about 30 years ago. I met him at a craft show…. I was carving and he was making signs. He was routing signs on the table top without using any clamps. I thought, “Boy is that cool or what? ” What he did was take two strips of sand paper and glue them back to back, then lay the sign on them…. placing the sand paper at each end, just a few inches in ….... the pressure down, or the weight of the router kept the signs from sliding while routing. You can see in pictures #4 and #5 that I am doing projects as small as 2” x 3”. You can also use this tip for routing molding around plaques as long as the bits don’t go below the thickness of the wood you are routing. Although I am due to change sand paper, I have been using the same one for about 30 years now. I improvised some what, by taking a 6” x 48” medium grit sanding belt and clamping it to my work bench at each end. This set up could slide easily without the clamps…. BUT THE WORK WILL NOT SLIDE. I use this system every other day, so it is probably one of the most useful tips I have ever picked up from anyone. I made a 1/4” clear plastic face plate for my router so I could see more clearly the small projects and the lines I have to follow. I never bought a router with out a light after the first one without the light. I’m sure there are jocks out there that know this little trick….... but I bet there are a lot more that don’t know of it. ENJOY

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 12:49 PM


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 12:58 PM

You can go back to Flickr (or whereever) and resize them. It took me a while to figure that out.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 01:04 PM


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 01:27 PM

Thanks for the pictures, Dave. I tend to understand a new concept better if I have some visual aides to go along with the text.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 03:41 PM

My wife is worried about showing my dirty shop. I am not a very tidy shop keeper, I don’t have time to run the vaccum every time I do a little job….. but a lot of little jobs mounts up to a big mess. I clean when I have to…... WHEN MY STOOL STARTS TILTING AT A 30 DEGREE ANGLE,.... IT’S TIME TO CLEAN. HA, HA HA!!!

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 03:53 PM

Neat idea, THANKS!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 04-05-2008 07:13 PM

Hi David;

I see there’s an impostor using my name1 LOL He doesn’t even look like me.

Or maybe his name really is Lee. Nah, can’t be.

This is a great idea for holding things from slipping.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 07:57 PM

Lots of sawdust! I like that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 04-06-2008 07:25 AM

Very nice idea…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 05-12-2008 03:59 AM

great idea a question on a different thing can you tell me were you get the burr you have in the router it looks good

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