question about flush cut router bit

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Forum topic by buckbuster31 posted 12-07-2017 03:21 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2017 03:21 PM

Would I want the bearing close to the shank or close to the tip if I am flush cutting by hand and not using my table. The project I am doing is not feasible on my table.

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#1 posted 12-07-2017 03:24 PM

The bearing near the shank is typically used for pattern cutting.
Either could be used for flush cutting, I suppose, though most typically, the bearing is on the tip for that.

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#2 posted 12-07-2017 03:35 PM

My understanding is, your template piece would be on the bottom and the piece to cut would be on top. Have the bearing ride along the edge of the bottom (template) piece and the cutting edge will ride along the top piece.

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#3 posted 12-07-2017 03:35 PM

ok, yea. I misworded.. I think it needs to be the pattern. Thank you!

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#4 posted 12-07-2017 05:34 PM

I’d recommend a combination bit regardless of whether it’s used on a table or hand held. To be able to go along the grain on curved sections is very important for safety. Cutting up and into the grain will definitely lead to some nasty kickback. On the router table, the wood goes flying, but hand held it could rip the router out of your hands and result in a very serious injury.

If you’re just doing straight cuts, it matters less, but considering the combination bit costs very little more, and gives you the versatility to have your template on the top or bottom of the workpiece, it’s still the smart buy in my opinion.

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