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Castor Woodworks

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12-19-2018 04:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bit spiral bit cutting circles circle jig

Hey everyone,

I’m planning on cutting some round table tops. The deepest I’ve cut is 3/4”. I want to use 2×6’s for the top so i need to use a bit that will cut all the way through. I wanted to use this bit: but i saw that the depth of cut is only 1”

Any suggestions?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K2BGNS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A30M928AL1VZ68&psc=1

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 05:10 PM

Here’s one that’s got a 2” cut. It’s a better choice too, since it’s a 1/2” diameter and a triple flute. I have this bit and it works well.

https://www.amazon.com/Whiteside-Router-Bits-RU5200T-Diameter/dp/B000K29JZK

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Castor Woodworks

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 05:17 PM

Thanks for the info! That looks great but its also $50 more…. Anything in the middle that will get the job done?


Here s one that s got a 2” cut. It s a better choice too, since it s a 1/2” diameter and a triple flute. I have this bit and it works well.

https://www.amazon.com/Whiteside-Router-Bits-RU5200T-Diameter/dp/B000K29JZK

- Rich


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#3 posted 12-19-2018 05:22 PM


Thanks for the info! That looks great but its also $50 more…. Anything in the middle that will get the job done?

- jlozan2

Sure, there will be lower quality brands like this one from Yonico. You get what you pay for though, and you won’t be able to plunge with this bit.

https://www.amazon.com/Yonico-14150-Straight-Router-2-Inch/dp/B00KZM1NIQ

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 05:23 PM

in my past projects of large circles, I would rough cut the shape
with power tools at hand then fine tune the circle with the router.
no need for special bits with bearings, just a stout 2-3” bit with a 1/2” shank.
or – make several passes, taking small bites at a time if you don’t want to pre-cut it.
the edge profile is done with the bearing bits.
you can make the long base out of any material you have on hand that will work:
plexiglass, aluminum, PVC sheet, 1/4 or 1/2” plywood, MDF, etc.

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#5 posted 12-19-2018 06:08 PM



in my past projects of large circles, I would rough cut the shape
with power tools at hand then fine tune the circle with the router.
no need for special bits with bearings, just a stout 2-3” bit with a 1/2” shank.
or – make several passes, taking small bites at a time if you don t want to pre-cut it.
the edge profile is done with the bearing bits.
you can make the long base out of any material you have on hand that will work:
plexiglass, aluminum, PVC sheet, 1/4 or 1/2” plywood, MDF, etc.

.

- John Smith

I do similar. I made a circle cutter jig for my jig saw out of a scrap of pine, use that, then clean up with a sander and route the edge I want on. Jig saw blades are dirt cheap. Here is a much more elaborate jig than the one I made but similar concept
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/router-jigsaw-circle-cutting-jig/

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