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#1 posted 01-18-2018 02:32 PM

Bob – make a practice cross out of pine or some similar inexpensive material.
make the template out of MDF or hardboard for the groove and trace the profile,
taking small bites at a time. start with 1/16” deep and get progressively deeper to see how it goes.
a new, very sharp carbide bit will work the best in all the opposing grains.
when you are comfortable with your work – proceed to the real one.
in some instances, I found it easier to make the template for the groove and cut the groove first then
bandsaw around the groove on the outside last to make sure to get the profile in proportion.
(the template must be perfect to start with).
how are your free-hand skills ??
if the groove needs to be black, it is the basic procedure of spray painting it with fast drying
rattle can flat black then sand down cleanly with a sander prior to cutting and routing the profile.

Edit: I am talking about holding the router by the handles and doing it by hand – not on a router table.

good luck !!


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