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Forum topic by Pete_Jud posted 02-28-2008 06:18 AM 807 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2008 06:18 AM

I haveing a problem with burning on the bottom of some 4.5×4.5 inch pieces that I glued up. The bit is a 1/2 inch roundover bit, it’s a rockler, and almost new. The rest of the pieces are coming out like cutting through butter, the end grain however is getting burnt, I whould love any help.


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#1 posted 02-28-2008 06:32 AM

Pete, four things effect burning… One is bit sharpness, make sure it is sharp and clean. Two, bit speed; if your router is variable speed, slow it down and try again, if not, you could try a seperate speed control. Three, don’t try to remove too much material in one pass. And four and most important, you may be moving the piece too slow. You need to safely and comfortable move the piece fast enough to eliminate burning.

Hope this helps…


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#2 posted 02-28-2008 06:37 AM

Thanks tom. This is only the first time I have had this problem, I have eleven more pieces to do, and all that extra sanding will kill me. Maybe I’ll order another bit. I have another router that is slower, and will give that a try on some scrap pieces.

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