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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 01-18-2015 04:34 AM 803 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2015 04:34 AM

I was wondering for long boards i.e. 8-12 ft long that need edges routed, is it better to run the long boards on a router table or just run the router in a base down the length of the board. Thanks

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 04:38 AM

Depends on the bit for me. If it has a bearing and doesn’t require a stop or fence I’ll use the handheld.

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 04:44 AM

For a board that long I would go handheld if I could.

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 04:46 AM

I would also go with handheld,it’s much easier.

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#4 posted 01-18-2015 04:56 AM

The larger the pieces are, the easier it is to bring the tool to the workpiece rather than the workpiece to the tool.

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#5 posted 01-18-2015 02:37 PM

I did a 13 foot flooring transition on the router table once. Feather boards kept everything straight.

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 02:43 PM

All depends on the cut your machine & your set up. I get better dust extraction at the table so if it’s just a matter of moving stands to support in/out feed, I’ll often do that.

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 03:34 PM

I use a small handheld trim router for all edging

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#8 posted 01-18-2015 03:51 PM

Depends on the size of your router table the type of router you have and your experience using a router,but generally on longer pieces I agree with using a hand help router for edge routing wood that long.

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#9 posted 01-18-2015 03:53 PM

Agee w/ a1Jim.

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#10 posted 01-18-2015 05:38 PM

The main problem with a router table and a long board is that any crook in the board will change the profile of the cut as the fence pushes the board away from the bit, whereas a shorter edge guide on the router will not, and a bearing-quided bit will follow the edge exactly.

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#11 posted 01-18-2015 08:25 PM

Thanks for all the responses. That’s exactly the problem I am facing. I am getting a lot of board movement and an uneven profile. I will use handheld from now on with long boards.

-- Andrew, California

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