Excavating Recesses

It's a small step from diicknessing a board to routing a recess in it. Use the surfacing platform and carriage, but plunge the bit into the stock, rather than sweeping in from an edge. This is easiest to do if you use a plunge router.

Work out a system of stops to confine the area that the router bit can address, so that you surface only the area to be relieved. You don't want to accidentally move outside the recess area. A drywall screw driven partway into the track or rail is all you need for a stop.

A job-specific approach would be to make a template and attach it to the work. Then, with a guide bushing mounted in Fred's surfacing base-

Rout a recess, forming a small (ray, with a roundnose pattern bit. Here, the hit is in a router mounted on Fred's surfacing baseplate. The workpiece has a template clamped to it. The baseplate spans the template, and the bit,since it's a pattern hit, has a bearing on the shank that keeps it from cutting into the template.

plate, do the job as a template-guided one. See the chapter "Template-Guided Work" for more on this.

If you have a large area to excavate—to make a pie-crust tabletop, for example—the platform and carriage simply have to be reconfigured to accommodate the workpiece.

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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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