LumberJocks

Router speed. Looking for answers

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Jofa posted 08-12-2013 05:41 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Jofa's profile

Jofa

272 posts in 1301 days


08-12-2013 05:41 PM

Hey LJ’s. I just picked up a Makita RT0700C hand held router and I had some questions.

Up to now, I’ve been using a single speed Skil router that is mounted on a table. It’s a big ‘un and has worked ok for the time I’ve had it.

I grabbed this Makita because I’m just sick of having to unmount the Skil every time I want to do work on a larger piece.

So last night I used it to roundover cuts I made for a plywood deck for one of my pedalboards. At first I had it set at the maximum speed and it seemed to leave a bit of a rough edge. Then I tried it at about 2 of 6 on the speed dial and the results were fantastic. Very clean, no burning.

So my question is, how should I be using the speed adjustment? Do I go with a higher speed for harder stock and vice versa for softer woods? Any suggestions for different speeds for cutting dovetails or box joints?

Thanks.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.


3 replies so far

View GrandpaLen's profile

GrandpaLen

1643 posts in 1735 days


#1 posted 08-12-2013 07:19 PM

Jofa,

Here is a Link, http://woodworking.about.com/od/safetyfirst/a/RouterBitSpeeds.htm , to an article and a ‘Speed Chart’ that you may find helpful.

This is a tip from Wood Magazine for storage and quick reference of Speed for your bits, which I use.
http://tips.woodmagazine.com/wood-routers/speed-guide-adds-purpose-to-router-bit-storage/

Hope you find these helpful.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

View Jofa's profile

Jofa

272 posts in 1301 days


#2 posted 08-12-2013 11:09 PM

Grandpa Len, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

View GrandpaLen's profile

GrandpaLen

1643 posts in 1735 days


#3 posted 08-13-2013 10:42 AM

You’re welcome Sir, glad I could help.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com