how to rout a 2" wide groove in an 8 inch circle

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Forum topic by wiser1934 posted 06-29-2013 02:57 AM 986 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2013 02:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router tray crackers

i want to rout some cracker trays with a 2 1/2 in raised center then a 2 inch wide space routed out to hold crackers. thought of a template but how to keep the router level??? HELP!!! thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#1 posted 06-29-2013 03:02 AM

Make yourself a 2 piece template with the outer ring and the inner raised circle. Affix them both to the project wood with double sided tape and rout with a bowl cutting bit with a guide bearing. Almost any router bit supplier sells the bowl cutting sets. They work great as long as you take shallow cuts.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 03:19 AM

+1 Biil.

Another way to do it, if your trays are circular, is
to fix a square frame to a router table and turn
the work within the frame. By making the frame
rectangular the groove can be cut wider than the
width of the bit. A screw in the back on the
perimeter serves as a handle to turn the disc with.

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