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#1 posted 03-13-2018 08:12 PM

I use one so often to flatten mesquite slices for trays and lazy susans, that I have my DW625 router dedicated to it with the bit always chucked up. For a bit, I went with the Freud 1-3/4” dia. bit (12-194). It cuts beautifully. and makes a huge mess in the shop.

My method is to simply locate the low spot on the board, set the bit to that depth, then give the adjustment a half turn (1/32”). Depending on the board, the cut depth can go 1/4” and beyond. Someone mentioned tear out, but I’ve experience absolutely none at all. Even deep pours of epoxy are no problem for this router/bit combo.

I’ve found that getting the optimal RPM is helpful. Too slow and the router tends to walk — even to the point of moving the sled on the bed — when the cutting gets deep. Naturally, with a bit that size, you don’t want to go too fast either.

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