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Forum topic by DonJ posted 10-27-2010 10:15 PM 1616 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2010 10:15 PM

I’m getting ready to mortise the bottom of a cribbage board for a peg compartment. I’m using a 1/2” upcut spiral on the router table. My problem is that the bit I have is a 3” ‘er and I can only lower it to it being 1/2” above the table. Would it be safe to hog out a full 1/2” mortise in one pass? I really hate to buy a router bit just for this application. I prefer to use the table router over a hand held application due to not having to make any jigs. Thanks.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 10:21 PM

doulble stick carpet tape and some 1/4 -3/8 material to act as a shim for the cribbage board. that’s what I would do.

-- Kent B

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 11:18 PM

If you use a forstner bit and drill out some of the bulk, you could easily use the bit at your 1/2” height with less fear of kickback or straining your router… :)

Jus’ one more way to do it.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 11:39 PM

I used the double stick tape and raised the board up 1/4”. Thanks…I really didn’t think that one through.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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