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Forum topic by HogWild posted 01-16-2012 12:47 AM 1476 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2012 12:47 AM

Hello to all

I hope I’m in the right place. I came across this forum when looking for ideas to build a table for my new Big Green Egg. I’m looking for some help in using a router. I’ve have done very small projects in the past, but have only used a table router with ample help from a friend. I plan on purchasing a portable router and am wondering what bits I need to purchase. I’m looking for 2 types: one for cutting a hole in the top shelf to drop the egg in. one for rounding the edges of the table.

I guess I could just use a jigsaw for cutting the hole, but was interested in how to do so with a router. I have a load of 2×6’s my dad had lying around and need to get some 4×4s for the legs. Anyhow, hope I’m not out of my league around here and any advise would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

By the way, here is the idea I came across on here

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 01:06 AM

Use a trammel. Here’s a very simple one. ROUTER TRAMMEL

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 03:17 AM

Thank you Sir !

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 03:32 AM

I’m glad someone advised on the hole cutting, because I really didn’t know how to explain that very well.
Now, you asked about what router bits to buy. Here is my suggestion that I make to anyone new to the router and not knowing what they need. In various places, you can purchase sets that have from ten to sometimes up to fifty bits in a set for a cheap price. Now, be aware, they are cheap because they are cheaply made bits and won’t last like an expensive, well made, carbide bit will. Here’s my reasoning though. Someone new to routing really has no idea what bits they’ll use much and good bits aren’t exactly dirt cheap. Buying the cheap set introduces you to various profile bits and usually give you a tidy little case to store them in until you get completely hooked on routing and decided to build yourself a dedicated router bit cabinet.
Now, as I stated before, these bits will wear out. The ones that wear out first will be the ones you use most often. Replace these bits with well made quality bits. They’ll fit in the case where the old el-cheapo one once resided. In time, you’ll wind up with quality bits in the profile you use most. Then you’ll have some that are new. I mean they have never been in a router. You don’t use them. Some may see this as a waste, but trust me, for what you spent on the cheap set, you’re not out too much, and eventually you may need them for some small, one time job.
So, while I in no way compare these cheap bits to quality one, a beginner buying them makes plenty of sense.


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#4 posted 01-16-2012 04:27 AM

Thanks William,
I was just checking out one of those sets and thought that would be the best way to start out.

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 04:42 AM

I have to agree with William. I still have bits I purchase years ago as a kit that I’ve never used, but they are there if I need them. Even the ones I use more often are still sharp enough for light work. The ones that are dull have been replaced with quality bits and because they are used most often they are the ones I need most.

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 04:01 PM

If you embark on using a router, you might be interested by

and books :

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 05:03 PM

I checked out the link that Gene referred you to. I think they missed one important point – small bites and multiple passes.

What I mean is that on your first trip around the circle your router bit should be cutting about 1/4” deep. In the second pass, go down another 1/4”. Continue until you are all the way through.

My general rule is that you should never cut deeper than the diameter of your bit.

I’ve cut quite a few circles and arches with a trammels (up to a radius of 7’). I prefer to use a 3/8” bit. It makes more waste, but I think they hold up better.

As an FYI, you can cut circles with a trammel and a jigsaw. I’ve tried it when the material was extra thick (8/4). I had a hard time keeping the blade running perpendicular to the surface of the material. It flared out some at the bottom. I spent quite a bit of time at the belt sander getting the edge square to the surface.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 12:03 AM

Thanks to all for the help!! here is the final product

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 12:07 AM

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