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Project by ADHDan posted 611 days ago 966 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some small maple and walnut boxes I made for our monogrammed coasters. Made a box jointing jig for the router table the cut the fingers, left them slightly proud and cut/sanded them flush after glue-up. Also my first time making stopped dados on the router table (for the bottom).

Terrifyingly, I snapped two 1/4” router bits before deciding it was time to get some spiral upcut bits for this type of work. I’m a little surprised I have no scars to show for it.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.





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exelectrician

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#1 posted 611 days ago

Flying router bits – now that is scary. Really cool joinery and color choice on the boxes.

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MonteCristo

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#2 posted 611 days ago

Yup, dado cuts with straight bits are a problem. I broke a bit that way too. The sawdust really gets packed in there . . . I now use spiral bits too.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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ADHDan

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#3 posted 611 days ago

Fortunately, the straight bits just shot straight down under my router table and stayed there. My wife got me the spiral bits as part of a birthday gift, along with a set of whisky stones and a bottle of Oban (scotch). Her only caveat: “you are not allowed to use one of these gifts with the other two.”

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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clieb91

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#4 posted 610 days ago

Dan, Welcome to LumberJocks. Your wife has good advice :).
I like these boxes and may have to try them some time as we have exactly the same coasters, even the same letter.

CtL

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Grumpymike

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#5 posted 610 days ago

I too have been using straight bits for box joints … However I think that i will make a trip to the Woodworkers store … I have considered spiral bits but couldn’t decide if I wanted upcut or downcut, you have solved this for me.
Thanks for this post.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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ADHDan

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#6 posted 608 days ago

Word of caution, I made the mistake of trying to use a spiral upcut bit when plunge routing a dado without clamping the workpiece down tightly – and the bit yanked the workpiece straight off the table.

But for table routing box joints, a spiral upcut bit is definitely the way to go. It provides a nice clean cut with little tearout, and also it is less likely to break off and become a spinning death missile. I picked up this set from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MLCS-200-Carbide-Starter-3-Piece/dp/B000FNP548/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345475955&sr=8-1&keywords=spiral+upcut.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#7 posted 605 days ago

really loving the boxes! good job!

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