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Forum topic by schmo posted 06-20-2011 03:38 PM 1256 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2011 03:38 PM

The next project I am going to make (decorative box) calls for a stopped groove on two of the pieces. Can some one please direct me to a source the explains how to do this accurately (with practice of course) and more importantly safely. I know that I have read articles on how to do this but I can’t find them now—so I thought I would ask here.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

oh….yes I do have a router table.


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#1 posted 06-20-2011 11:39 PM

The primary way I have seen it done is to mark the leading and trailing edege of your bit on the router table fence and then plunge the piece down onto the bit at the starting point and run it to end of the cut and lift it off when the bit stops. And depending on the depth and size of the cut you might to do it in more than one cut to get to the right depth. Do a search on this site and you should find some help.

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 01:22 AM

I do it the way Richard mentioned, except I add stop blocks, clamped to the fence. This way there is almost no chance of routing past the point you want to stop. Also provides quick repeatability.

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 03:25 PM

Great input—thanks! I will look at the router forums mentioned above. Guess I’ll have to get some scrap wood and try out both methods and practice until I find a method that I am comfortable with.

Again—thank you for the input and direction.

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 05:36 PM

Steve shows you how in his Japanese Style Lamp video.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 07-03-2011 12:12 PM

Yes—I saw that video—it looks easier and much safer than I had originally thought.


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#6 posted 07-03-2011 11:53 PM

Thanks! I am gluing up the wood now and will hopefully be able to plane it to correct thickness tomorrow——I may have time to try a couple of test grooves too!!

I think I will use the table and a couple of stop blocks along the fence….will have to practice on a couple of test pieces before I move on to the project wood. Stopped grooves in the curly maple and through grooves in zebra wood.

I really appreciate all the info/input!! Thanks to all.

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