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Forum topic by Steelmum posted 11-08-2008 07:50 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2008 07:50 PM

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I have started my project (motorcycle rocking horse), and I am making templates as suggested. I am trying to use the templates as a pattern and I am doing something wrong. Should it be this hard. I am worn out. I feel like I have been cutting these things by hand. I made an awesome pattern for the wheel spokes, I put a screw in the center, and a second one to hold it and route. Take out the second screw and turn it a little until it lines up for the next spoke, route, repeat. The router bit is not sharp? I know it was down far enough because I made a mark on my workbench top (not happy). I have to push the router through this like crazy. Do I have to cut these things out first? I just drilled holes for the bit to get in there. While typing, this is the thought that came to mind. I am staying in for a little while, safer when things are not going well.

-- Berta in NC

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#1 posted 11-08-2008 08:52 PM

What type of wood are you routing? It might help to remove more of the waste with a jigsaw or scrollsaw, so the router doesn’t have to do all of the work.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 11-08-2008 09:12 PM

Hi Berta,

To answer your question, yes you should cut them out first and leave as little material as possible for the router. A router is a trim tool for the most part.

But a couple of questions too.

How big is the router bit? It sounds like the bearing is on the bottom of the bit and you are plunging the cutter into the work? Or maybe you are using a bushing in the router plate? The smaller the bit the easier it is to do this type of work. The bigger the bit the less tear out and vibration you will get.

If at all possible, you might consider lowering the bit little by little to remove most of the waste until the bearing makes contact with the template (if you are using a bearing). That means controlling the router by hand until it gets down far enough but it will make it easier to push at the same time. (A lot less smoke and tearout too)

If you are using a bushing that makes it easier, just lower the bit a little at a time until you reach the bottom. Take your time and be safe!


-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 11-08-2008 11:20 PM

Yes the bearing is on the bottom of the bit. I will cut out the work first. I guess I skipped a step. I will try again. I will not give up on this. Thanks, I appreciate your patience.

-- Berta in NC

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#4 posted 11-09-2008 03:41 AM

How thick is the wood you’re routing and what’s the bit diameter and type? Even though it’s probably best if you an remove most of the waste with sawing or drilling, it might help to know more info on your project.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#5 posted 11-09-2008 09:29 PM

Right now I am using 3/8 in ply to practice. I did cut it out first and it is working just fine. I guess I had a DUH moment. Nice having you guys ‘by my side’ to ask questions. Thanks. Onward an Upward!

-- Berta in NC

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