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Posted on How Do I remove Divots and Milling marks on These (HICKORY) chair legs?

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 10:29 PM

The suggestions for fixing the problem are all good. I would like to add a suggestion to think back over the process of machining the pieces to prevent the problem in the future. A “divot” that is 1/16” deep sounds more like a gouge to me. Your description suggests that you were trying to hand hold a piece that did not have a flat face to reference the router table in the proper upright orientation as you passed it through the router bit. Probably not going to happen very often.

I am assuming that these pieces have curves on both faces and this is the source of your problem. If one face were square, you should have no problem with either tipping the piece or the bearing slipping off the template. For pieces that are curved in multiple directions a router template may not be the best choice. Cutting one curve on the bandsaw and then reattaching the waste piece before cutting the second curve is the typical solution. Without seeing exactly what you are trying to achieve it is difficult to tell what went wrong.

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