First Router Action

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 12-08-2012 04:10 PM 4786 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got to use a router for the first time. I’ve had a router for a few months now (read here), but no way to use it. My dad told me he had some I could have and he gave them to me last time he was here:

I don’t know what brand the ones in the wooden box are.

It’s been too cold to hang out in the garage lately so I haven’t had a chance to do much. It has warmed up this week, though, so today I got to work on another picture frame I’m making. I tried to go a little arts & crafts on it, but I’m not sure it’ll really work out, but at least it’s a big step up from my last frame. Step at a time, my friend. I’ll post when I’m done.

I also got the router out and played with a couple of bits. First time ever using a router. It was pretty fun, actually. I tried out the round-over bit on a piece of scrap wood. I did the end grain first since I think I remember reading about doing that somewhere so that you don’t get chip-out on the corners.

It is a little rough, but I may have been going too fast, I don’t know. It’ll take some experimenting.

My cigar box guitar is still on hold until I can get more of the wood, tools, and parts I need to make it. It’s been almost 2 months since I got the cigar boxes. I was finally able to buy a coping saw a few days ago that I will use to cut the notches in the body for the neck to go through. Again, step at a time.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 05:03 PM

Takes a little practice. I can tell by the sound it makes when cutting. When you find that sound you will know.

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 05:13 PM

I do the endgrain first as well, but I do something I would not recommend until you become a lot more comfortable with a router. The technique is called “climb cutting”. Instead of cutting against the direction of the spinning bit, you cut in the same direction the bit is spinning. This can be very dangerous and is best done in the table with ample safety measures (pushblocks, feather boards on the top and the edge) and light passes. Things can get really ugly really fast if that bit catches.


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#3 posted 12-08-2012 05:15 PM

Congrats on your router bit score. I agree it does take practice I also think the rough cut may have to do with the type of wood you practiced on also 1/4” router bits tend to chatter a bit. Enjoy practicing .

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