Router bit speed selection on poplar and mahagony (pics added)

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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 02-02-2014 09:58 PM 1476 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2014 09:58 PM

Im trying to use a 1/4” shank, 1/4” round over bit on a project that has mahagony and poplar stretchers. The mahagony pieces meet at 90° to the poplar and Im experiencing some slight burning on a few places here and there on the poplar. Whats speed range would be most appropriate to run the router? It’s a 1 3/4 hp Craftsman plunge router. As a side note, I first tried a 1/8” round over and wasnt happy with the 90° interesctions. I then moved up to a 3/16” round over and still am not happy. The cut is closer to the inside corner, but not as much as I would like so I figured Id change routers to my variable speed and increase the diameter of the bit to a 1/4”

Thanks for your thoughts and ideas


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#1 posted 02-03-2014 01:45 AM

I would run the router full speed with a 1/4” roundover bit. Burning is mostly from dull bit or routing too slowly. My new Whiteside roundover bits just don’t burn (wish I’d spent the money years ago!)

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 02:20 AM

I wish I could afford some new bits… But SWMBO has put a quabash on any new tool purchases for the time beinig. I think switching routers will be a big help as my other router is alot slower than the the craftsman.

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