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Forum topic by JCantin posted 10-02-2015 10:09 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2015 10:09 PM

i have a 1-1/2” table top for an outdoor grill cart and a 3/4” piece of granite I want to drop in the top, even with the front edge of the table top. How would you excavate the top? The granite piece is 18×18 and the top is 24” wide.

My iniitial thought was to use a big forstner to hog out as much as I can to within a 1/4” of the target depth then rig a router sled across the width of the top. Rout to full depth on the sides and back, then start moving across. Since it’s cedar I should be able to smooth any rough surface with sanding blocks.

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#1 posted 10-03-2015 02:12 AM

My first instinct would be to use a planer bit, like these Infinity. Please don’t take that as an Infinity recommendation—I have none of their bits, but the picture and description gets the idea across. Not sure what the best brands are these days, I bought my last expensive router bit 6 or 7 years ago, have mostly Freud and probably Jesada and/or CMT.

Not sure the “Mega Dado & Planer Bit” is what you want, I’m sure you’d sacrifice some surface smoothness for the more aggressive cutting. Depends on what you need.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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