|Forum topic by Darin Starr||posted 11-23-2014 08:22 PM||752 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-23-2014 08:22 PM
I’m relatively new to everything in my shop, but the router specifically is something that for one reason or another has always intimidated me. I’m slowly overcoming this by reading a bunch and doing just a little detail work here and there, but there’s something I am apparently missing.
I’m trying to rout a series of rabbets (1/4” deep and 1/4” high) to the tops of some panels. I’ve done some other detail work to the faces of these panels with a v-bit, going with the grain. The rabbets are being cut on the end grain, and the pieces skip and jump around the bit like crazy and I feel like this is a massive safety problem with a very obvious solution I am overlooking.
I’m using a 3/8” x 1” straight bit, in a “router table” I added to the extension wing of my table saw, using the table saw fence with an MDF “bonus fence” clamped on to that for bit clearance. I’ve attached a picture of the setup and a sample of the cut I’m making, after having been cleaned up with additional passes. The wood is douglas fir.
I have previously had issues trying to rout a piece of oak and it grabbed and skipped so badly I immediately gave up and found another tool for the job. Figured it’s time to find out what I’m doing wrong. Thanks in advance!