|Forum topic by opalko||posted 451 days ago||517 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
451 days ago
Currently working on a project that involves a frame that holds a panel. The stiles of the frame actually extend up beyond the panel to another section that holds a mirror, which fits in a rabbet and not a slot. The lower panel goes into a 3/8” slot on all 4 sides. I’d love to cut this with a slot cutter but am in a bit of a time crunch to finish this and doubt I can get a bit here on time (I have one ordered btw, but it’s on backorder :( ).
In any case it looks like I have to do stopped grooves on the router table, which I dread. I’ve done them plenty of times before but they make me nervous as heck and invariably I end up ruining a piece when I go to lift the workpiece off of the bit.
What I usually do is mark the stops on the piece and the router table with penciled lines. When the lines line up, stop! I usually lower the piece onto the bit just inside the start mark at exactly the width of the bit (which is marked on the piece as well). Usually I don’t get it exactly right, have to go back and cut a little more and that is when the splinters fly!
Can someone share their technique that is safe and reliable?