Using a bowl and tray bit in a router table?

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Forum topic by jacquesr posted 02-07-2016 03:25 AM 457 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2016 03:25 AM

Trying to rout a cavity – let’s say it’s a shallow bowl.
Need to be about 3/4 inch deep.

I haven’t has much luck trying to do this on my router table.
I usually see this type of bit used with a hand held router and a jig.

Is there any technique I am obviously not aware of that could work on the table?


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#1 posted 02-07-2016 05:02 AM

I’ve done similar work using a template and a bushing with the bit. Just trace the template. Assuming you have sufficient edge on your bowl, you can attach the template using double-sided tape. For odd shapes, I’ve made templates by hand out of 1/4” MDF. (That’s how I hollowed out the cavity in the pick box I made.) But I’ve also purchased templates with conventional shapes (such as various diameter circles, etc) from Rockler.

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 06:23 AM

I usually see this type of bit used with a hand held router and a jig.

For a good reason :)

Freehand with a template is how they are typically done. I can’t see any advantage to using a router table. For the center part of the bowl, how would you see where you have removed material and where you haven’t?

There are hundreds of templates available if you don’t want to make your own.


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