|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 02-25-2016 12:14 PM||914 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
02-25-2016 12:14 PM
Have any of you come up with some sort of a mnemonic device or trick to help you remember which way to push stock through a procedure on your router table?
Here’s the setup: Making a minor piece of “shop furniture”, I needed to make a loose 1/4” slot in a piece of 1/4” melamine for a bolt to slide in. I knew my bit was slightly smaller than the width of the slot I needed to route. Knew going in it would mean making the plunge and sliding it, then adjusting the fence a few thou and making a second pass.
Since the slot was to go not all the way to either end of the board, I had stops in place on both ends.
Plunge cut goes fine, and the initial pass to make a router-bit-width slot goes fine. Now I turn off the router, adjust the fence, router back on, and start to make my second pass to widen it…board takes off and (happily), comes to rest at the far stop with the bit in slot made on first pass.
Long story short, I went and changed my underwear, then finished the job, but couldn’t come up with a good way of remembering how to always get the direction right on the first try with a new setup.
Clearly, the right answer to “which way do I slide the board for the second pass” in this situation depends upon which direction I moved the fence for the second pass. That determines which side of the existing slot the bit will bite into.
I know the theory, and why the bit grabs the wood and flings it when you go the wrong way…I’m just looking for an easier way to go through the mental process of being certain which way before I start a cut. Some way to make it “obvious” which way to go for any new setup of board and fence and procedure.
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.