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Forum topic by Rowanze posted 11-25-2013 06:23 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rowanze

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11-25-2013 06:23 PM

Hello all and first let me thank all of you! Your advice, and these forums, have helped me to further my woodworking skills. I am in your debt.

I am presently building the Ultimate Tool Stand featured here:

http://christophermerrill.net/ww/plans/UTS/Tool_Stand_1.html

I am almost done and am very happy with the results. I finished up the router insert this weekend. I used 1/4 plexiglass and made my own router insert. The insert is tight and pretty darn flush with the table. I loaded up my router into the table, and did some test cuts, since I have never actually used a router table before. I have a craftsman 10 amp router in case that matters. I used my 3/4 dado bit as I need do cut some dado’s for my T-track.

When I ran my test wood through the router, I am getting a groove that is 0.78”. The router bit measures 0.745”. I tried to make sure the work piece was placed tightly against the fence as it was being run through. I did 2 different test cuts and had the same results. I assume that either the work piece is wobbling or the router bit is wobbling or the whole router might be flexing the flexiglass. I’m not sure how to figure out where the issue is. Any advice?


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TaybulSawz

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 06:29 PM

I always use a feather board when cutting dado’s on a router table. No matter how hard I try I can never get accurate results doing it manually.

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 06:34 PM

1+ on the featherboards. Whatever pushsticks or pads you like to make a safe cut.

Also, make light cuts and multiple passes. If I am making a 1/2” deep groove, I will cut it in 2-3 light passes. That will reduce the routers tendency to grab the workpiece and skew the cut.

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 06:34 PM

or the whole router might be flexing the flexiglass
What kind of funky setup you got going there?

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 06:47 PM

+1 to the featherboards, light passes. Also, might be runout from the router.

You want a .75 dado and are getting .78, that’s still pretty close. The bits are made slightly undersized on purpose.

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 06:48 PM

Could be a variety of things. Fence shift, router plate flex, feed rate, arbor wobble, bit wobble, material shifting. .035 is quite a bit of slop. I assume these are 1/4” bits, yes? Be sure the collet is clean; no bits of sawdust in there. The bit should be sent to the bottom of the collet and then backed out an 8th. Collet nut should be 2 skoshs past snug.

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 07:01 PM

JumboJack, just exactly how many thousandth’s is a “skosh”

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Rowanze

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 08:00 PM

Update: It was just dust in the collet. I took it off, ran it under the faucet and its all better! DUH moment.

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 09:54 PM

Now I realize I may be quoted but will deny any knowledge, but a skosh is .004 just a little less than when gaps start appearing. Now as to foot pounds or torque, about 2 ft pounds. Oh go ahead quote me. Then there is RCH but I am not quite sure this can be conveyed on a public forum. It is a measurement my cross the street neighbor uses. I think it is a little less than a skosh.

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