Choking

Up on the Bit

This is safety as much as savvy. You should have the bit opening in the mounting plate closed down around the bit just as closely as possible. This prevents the workpicce from dipping into the bit opening, snagging the edge, maybe stalling the cut.

If you've opened up the bit hole to accommodate a 3-inch (or larger) panel-raising bit, don't then fit a /2-inch dovetail bit or Winch straight bit in the router and expect to rout a groove without hazard or hang-up.

What you can do. when you need to close down that throat, is drop the router down so die bit's below the table. Then lay a piece of Masonite over the tablctop. Stick it in place with double-sided carpet tape—say, just a piece at each corner. The fence will help hold it. too. Turn on the router and run your bit up through the Masonite. The bit hole will perfectly match the bit. You can set this auxiliary top aside and use it again and 3gain, every time you use that bit. Just center it by fitting it over the bit. stick it down, set the fence, and rout pur work.

An alternative is to make a set of reducing rings from the same material used for the mounting plate. We made such a set from Winch clear acrylic. The basic bit opening in the mounting plate is 3Vj inches in diameter, large enough to accommodate the largest panel-raiser in our collection. It has a ^-inch-wide by Mft-inch-dcep rabbet around it. The reducers are 3Y* inches in diameter and are similarly rabbeted, so the reducer fits into the bit opening and rests (lush. The bit openings in the reducers can be matched to different commonly used bit sizes—V* inch, '/: inch, Y* inch. 1 inch, and so on. We've got one that's

On a router table, this sort of mismatch of the hit to the hit opening is trouble. The work can catch the far side of the bit opening and tip into the void. If you arc lucky, it will only ruin the workpiece.

bored out and rabbeted for template guides.

We cut die mounting plate's bit opening with a plastic-cutting bit in a trammel-equipped laminate trimmer. The centcrpoint was established by mounting the router on the plate and marking the plate using a V-groovc bit. After the hole was routed, cutting the rabbet with a rabbeting bit was simple.

A reducer pattern was also cut with the trammel. I deliberately made the pattern a bit oversized to start, and I

On a router table, this sort of mismatch of the hit to the hit opening is trouble. The work can catch the far side of the bit opening and tip into the void. If you arc lucky, it will only ruin the workpiece.

carefully trimmed it until it fit tightly in the plate's opening. Then 1 used the pattern to knock out duplicates using a flushing-trimming bit. I found it useful to transfer the reducer pattern's centcrpoint to each duplicate by drilling through the pattern into the dupe with a Winch drill bit.

A set of reducers, cut from the same material as the mounting plate, keeps the bit opening matched to the bit being used. To keep the router's vibrations from popping the reducers out of place, use a couple of 10-32 flathead machine screws to secure them. Drill and tap holes for the screws in the mounting plate, positioning thetn in the seam between the mounting plate and the reducer. On the router table, rout tiny chamfers for the screw heads into the reducers.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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