|Forum topic by fr8train||posted 391 days ago||587 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
391 days ago
Gentlemen (or ladies).
I am cutting out a handle for a slide out shelf I am placing in a Cherry cabinet. I have real bad past experience with trying to cut out similar shapes in wood with my router and router table. The last time that I tried, the workpiece flew across my shop…. I have been gun shy since. I get it that a start pin and a flush trim router bit are the way to go (seen folks do it for guitar bodies), but I don’t have a template cut out for the workpiece….. cutting the template would lead to me ask the same question (how do I cut the template? Catch 22….) Enclosed is a rough sketch of what I am trying to do….. the piece is about 18”x2” and is 3/4” thick. I know it is a basic technique, but one that I never learned. Any help is appreciated.
Similarly, I am looking to cut neat strips out of the back of the cabinet in 1/4” plywood. I tried to smooth out the edges on the router table in my last project, and the router grabbed the workpiece at the corner and flinged it around wildly, loosening my mount screws and leading me to tapping new holes in my mounts….. don’t want to do that again.
Would appreciate any help with my flawed techniques…..