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Posted on FAIL - Flush Routing Western Red Cedar

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#1 posted 09-27-2020 07:32 PM

Try mush shallower passes using a template guide instead of a bearing bit to make a progressively deeper rabbet. That’s what I do on my 700lb pin router to cut solid woods to templates. Routers used to be sold with a bearing guide accessory but I guess people didn’t use them because they aren’t so available anymore. They allow rabbeting cuts. Perhaps you can make a version for the router table… or just get set up with some template guide rings.

I have this rubber round sander with a bearing that goes on the drill press. I don’t remember using it on something as soft as cedar but when I did use it a few times to rout to templates it was slow going.

You can also use a similar technique using a double pointed piece of wood fitted around the blade to cut your wood to templates on the band saw. It’s possible to get quite close without screwing up and cutting over the line this way.

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