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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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09-23-2018 07:42 PM

Hi everyone and hope you are having pleasant Sunday.

So a little about the project and then the question …

I am making a sharpening station and I want to recess out the top to receive my sharpening stones so they don’t move around . I need to recess 5 (3” x 8”) sections that are 3/4” away from each other.

Tools being used:
A Bosch plunge router and template guide bushing set

Question:
Can I use a straight router bit because the spiral bit I have will not protrude deep enough into the workpiece ? The reason I am asking is because I have 2 1/2” straight router bit and my spiral bit is only 2” long and doesn’t protrude beyond the template guide and I am using the shallowest bushing that I have

Thanks
Ed

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”


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Bill White

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 08:56 PM

Yes you can use a straight bit. Just remember that you’re not building fine furniture. It is a sharpening station.
Clean up the corners and get to sharpening.
You did not state what wood you’ll be using.

-- bill@magraphics.us

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jerryminer

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 09:34 PM

A 2-inch bit doesn’t extend beyond the template bushing? I think you’re not getting the full-depth plunge from your router.

But, yes, a straight bit will do it. How deep are you trying to go? A very shallow recess will keep the stones from sliding around (a cleat on top of the surface might be easier to do and make it easier to clean up the sharpening sludge)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 11:11 PM



A 2-inch bit doesn t extend beyond the template bushing? I think you re not getting the full-depth plunge from your router.

But, yes, a straight bit will do it. How deep are you trying to go? A very shallow recess will keep the stones from sliding around (a cleat on top of the surface might be easier to do and make it easier to clean up the sharpening sludge)

- jerryminer

You may be right I need to check, I tkiught about a cleat but thought it would be cool to try recessing as I have never done it before… I’m hiding a scrap piece of oak I have lying around . As for the depth probably less than 1/4” deep

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#4 posted 09-23-2018 11:12 PM



Yes you can use a straight bit. Just remember that you re not building fine furniture. It is a sharpening station.
Clean up the corners and get to sharpening.
You did not state what wood you ll be using.

- Bill White

I’m using a scrap piece of 4/4 red oak I had lying around

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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Kirk650

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 02:12 AM

I use an MDF ‘board’ with cleats to hold the stones (diamond plates, in my case). Works great, but getting nasty looking after a few years.

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 03:58 AM


I use an MDF ‘board’ with cleats to hold the stones (diamond plates, in my case). Works great, but getting nasty looking after a few years.

- Kirk650


I am using a solid oak panel that also sits on cleats and if it gets all dinged up I’ll just remake the top

Here is a picture with the frame glued up

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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