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Forum topic by Richard Alexander posted 02-09-2014 12:51 AM 43040 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Richard Alexander

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02-09-2014 12:51 AM

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I’m still new at using routers and templates and am still learning my way around them. I’m working towards making a half-round challenge coin holder. The holder will have multiple levels. I’m trying to route a groove with my router. Looking around the forums, it looks like I may need to make a template for each level. I haven’t found anything on using the router table for a cut like this. Is their an easier way to do this with the table or are patterns the way to go??

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 01:03 AM

A little spendy but worth it for repeat ability and

precision work.

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 01:11 AM

Use your router bit of choice.

Set the router fence to the amount of your relief.

Set the depth of the bit on a piece of scrap.

You aren’t using the center of the round for the dimensional setting, you are using the outside radius.

No need for a template or a pattern, just a round chunk of wood.

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 02:15 AM

I’m not certain what the finished project should look like but Dallas’ plan will certainly result in smooth, consistent grooves.

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 02:20 AM

Make a simple router trammel like this. There are many examples, they can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 03:31 AM

+1 bondo

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 03:32 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. It looks like a router trammel/circle jig might be the easiest solution. Dallas, that’s pretty much what I did. It may be that I just need to learn some finesse, but it seems that a guide post/block or something would be needed to keep the cut in line. Otherwise, it can slide to the left resuilting in a straight cut (not along the radius).

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 04:17 PM

There are a few ways to do this ,one way is to use a templates with a circle cut out on the inside or outside of the circle,or on a router table with an adjustable pin (similar to a circle cutting jig on a band saw) or with a “V” shaped fence on the router table. For the initial cutting of the circle I think I would use the tramel and then one of the other techniques to put steps inside the circle .

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