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Forum topic by Mark posted 09-19-2010 02:07 AM 1118 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2010 02:07 AM

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So this is the router bit set I have just bought (which I’m so anxious to use) but my question about it is…

Do you have to use them on a router table? Why I’m asking is because I just tossed my old router table (piece of junk) and don’t currently have one so I was wondering if they’re good to go without the table. Thx a ton.

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 02:09 AM

As far as I know Mark you need a table, I use one with my set of raised panel bits.
Can’t see how you can use then without a table.

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 02:11 AM

Definitely not to be used hand held… Just make a new router table..

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 02:13 AM

ya thats what I thought. Theres my next project I guess lol

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 02:37 AM

Greetings Mark,

No…..never…...don’t try it…....bits are made for a table…...Dangerous…..Build a table…... Be safe…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 03:01 AM

If you want to use them as a weapon (mostly for self inflicting damage) you can use them freehand.

If you want to use them to make cabinet raised doors – use a router table.

FYI. depending on which set you bought (looks like an extra large panel raising bit 4”?) some router table inserts may not have a large enough opening for it. make sure if you are getting a plate that it’ll support the large bit.

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 08:12 AM

Boise, Looks like you need to have a table either way, hold the part or hold the router ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 12:34 PM

Nice set of bits! I would say for table use only too. I also think that the large raised panel bit would require a variable speed router to spin it at a lower speed. I would check if there is a rating on it.

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 01:52 PM

With the style and rail bits, plus the raised panel bits, you have made a fine purchase! Congrats! That said, to maintain both accuracy and safety, a router table will be necessary to assure both!

Store purchased router tables are great, as are the router table “wings” that can be installed in your table saw.

Heck… I have even seen wooden boxes used as router tables.

Your next concern is to make sure you have a router capable of using all three bits. The stile/rail bits should be okay with any 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hp routers. But the panel bit? You’d better take some very shallow cuts, advancing the fence on your router table back not more than 1/4” until you get the desired profile on each side of the panel. If you have a 3+ hp router, you still have to ease your fence into the wood, but your router will be able to hog out some slightly deeper cuts.

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 01:58 PM

You can easily use the Stile and Rail bits without a table, but you’ll need to make jigs, as the video shows.

But I’d definitely use a table for making raised panels. You’ll also need a variable speed router for the raised panel bit, as it should be spun at much lower rpm’s.

-- Gerry,

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