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Slab leveling with a router

by Andrew714
posted 01-11-2018 09:13 PM


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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 09:27 PM

(a) use a smaller diameter bit
(b) don’t bite off more than the router can chew
(c) find a router with more horse power

you said: “I’m making full depth cuts approximately every 1/4” or 3/8”,
as that should lighten the load on the router a little more”.

are you breaking out the chips with a hammer and chisel after the saw cuts ???
that alone will reduce the sludge that the router has to cut out.
no matter how big that elephant is – you can eat it all if you take small bites.

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bigblockyeti

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 09:33 PM

I would stick with the bit you have, a 2” bit will have higher edge speed but will require more torque to spin while plowing off the same amount of wood. The circular saw is a good idea if you can mount two blades side by side you can generate a double wide kerf but you probably shouldn’t do that because it would be dangerous.

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Andrew714

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 09:52 PM



(a) use a smaller diameter bit
(b) don t bite off more than the router can chew
(c) find a router with more horse power

you said: “I’m making full depth cuts approximately every 1/4” or 3/8”,
as that should lighten the load on the router a little more”.

are you breaking out the chips with a hammer and chisel after the saw cuts ???
that alone will reduce the sludge that the router has to cut out.
no matter how big that elephant is – you can eat it all if you take small bites.

.

- John Smith

I don’t know why, but a hammer and chisel hadn’t occurred to me yet. That’ll be even quicker than routering the whole depth.


I would stick with the bit you have, a 2” bit will have higher edge speed but will require more torque to spin while plowing off the same amount of wood. The circular saw is a good idea if you can mount two blades side by side you can generate a double wide kerf but you probably shouldn t do that because it would be dangerous.

- bigblockyeti

That’s a good point, I’ll stick with the same bit.

Thanks for the responses, I think this will save me some time.

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runswithscissors

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#4 posted 01-15-2018 01:05 AM

Your bottom cleaning bit should work best, in that it won’t leave grooves or ridges. The slow cutting your are experiencing may be due to trying to cut the full 1 1/4” in one pass. If you make each pass take off only half the width of the router bit (5/8” or a bit less), you may get better results.

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