Shaping Oak shelf Brackets on a Router Table

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Forum topic by MLK posted 02-10-2009 05:17 AM 1881 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2009 05:17 AM

I been having some problems trying to shape shelf brackets made from Oak. I made a template out of ½ MDF and using a stright flush trim bit with a top bearing and shaping on my router table. The way the brackets are cut I’m going across the grain on one section of the bracket and when I get to that cross grain the bit rips the bracket out of my hand, I have the bruised fingers to prove it. Anybody have any suggestion?

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#1 posted 02-10-2009 03:55 PM

How much material are you trying to remove? Typically you should try to cut the works piece just slightly larger than the pattern- no more than 1/8” would be best.

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 04:06 PM

The router has to work with the grain and on complex shapes it may be necessary to turn the workpiece over to do that. In that case the template may have to be applied on both sides or the bit might have to be changed to one with the bearing on the bottom.

I’ve also had some success with climbcutting in cases like this, but be very cautious with that technique.

The bit should be very sharp and spiral bits seem to work better for me than straight ones. Large diameter bits seem to ‘grab’ more than smaller ones, too.


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