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Routing the miter slots deeper

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Blog entry by TheFridge posted 01-11-2015 04:40 PM 1550 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So to start with. The miter slots on my saw were shallow from routing the table top flat.

I finally decided last night to setup my incra 1000hd for this saw, but in order to do that, I needed to rout the right slot deeper. Ill get around to the left eventually, but the right slot will pretty much be the incra’s new home.

I used the same 10$ ryobi router and HF router speed control I used on the top, and just used the fence as a guide.

I started with a 1/4” straight bit and eyeballed it close to the edges.

This is after 2 passes of .01

Then I used a 3/8” dovetail bit to get under the edges of the t-slot and to clean up the bottom since the 1/4” bit leaves it kinda rough.

I’d have to modify the bit in order to get into the very corners, but the the t-slot adapter for the incra doesn’t make it necessary so I didn’t worry about it.

The miter gauge is sitting on the table now instead of just the miter bar. Mission accomplished. It took me an hour or so to do this. Really easy compared to doing the whole top. cast iron routs a lot easier than you might figure. Especially for something small like a miter slot.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 06:49 PM

Are you using a normal bit for wood?

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 07:57 PM

Yes. It had to be carbide tipped. Hss will cut faster but won’t last as long.

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 08:07 PM

What speed were you cutting at? And how powerful is the router?

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 08:16 PM

1 1/2 hp. Somewhere around 800-1000 while its at work. Prob 3 times that when spinning freely.

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