Routing a slot

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Forum topic by phlyers posted 11-24-2013 04:15 AM 892 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2013 04:15 AM

I have a 3/4” piece of stock that needs a 3/4” slot routed all the way through the wood and it’s location is in the middle of the piece (17” slot) Should I drill 3/4” holes at each end of the slots location so I don’t have to plunge the piece down into the cutter? (i’m using my router table for this operation) and make a few passes considering it is a deep slot?

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 04:52 AM

You could….But if you have a jig saw, then try this. First drill the 3/4” holes. Draw lines connecting the two holes, then cut between the holes with the jig saw to remove the waste. Depending on how perfect the slot must be you could either leave it as is or use the router table to fine tune the slot with the 3/4” bit. If you fine tune at the router table, then cut to the inside of the lines with the jig saw and allow the router to do the rest. Then you would have a lot less material to remove and be easier on the bit. Do this in multiple passes

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 05:02 AM

Building on the jigsaw idea, you could also add an edge guide for a straight cut. That would give you pretty perfect sides to your slot.

If you do use the router though, definitely drill the holes and definitely rout several passes.

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