making a grove in wood

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Forum topic by emanuelinfo posted 04-27-2010 03:09 AM 962 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2010 03:09 AM

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Hi Im looking for some help im making shelves of malamine wood and there is a few ways to cover the front exposed wood im trying to cover it with plastic T molding but im having a hard time making a slit or a grove for the T i know that i need to use a router but the problem is the grove has to be in the center of the wood so now is there any way that the router should stay a whole time in the center is there like a guide or somthing like that??

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 03:15 AM

There are guides you can get that attach to the base plate of the router or replace the base plate entirely.
But I think that doing something like this would be easier with a router table because you can set up featherboards and fences to keep the wood right where you want it to be so there is no chance of the router “roaming” if you hand hold it.
I have a very inexpensive table myself that I just put my router into when I want to use it. I don’t do enough work to make me have to build a whole cabinet like other people.

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 03:20 AM

Usually you use a slotting cutter that is a thin blade on an arbor. It fits on your Router and your router base runs along the surface of the shelf. You just need to set the depth to get the groove in the center. It’s usually a pretty thin like 3/32” cutter, so get the right one for your banding material.

Cut the groove, use a rubber mallet to tap the barb into the groove, notch the barb for corners or curves. A little glue sometimes helps.

It’s really pretty easy.

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 04:03 AM

thanks please tell me whats an arbor?

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 01:13 PM

If you have access to a table saw, it would be my choice for centering a groove, or dado, in a board. A router will work but a single board does not provide a lot of support for the router to ride on. To center the dado using the table saw, make one pass with the blade set in approximately the center of the board and reverse the board end for end. Make a second pass and the dado will be centered in the board.

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