W Safety First

A throat opening dial's substantially larger than the bit can be a hazard when feeding the narrow end of a board across the router table. The leading and trailing points can dip into the throat and hang up. startling you. trashing your work, and maybe even leading to an injury.

To close down the throat and provide secu re bearing for the work, lay an auxiliary top on your router uibie. Using double-sided carpet tape, secure a sheet of thin plywood or hardboard to the router table. Cover the baseplate and its throat. Now chuck the bit you plan to use in the collet, turn on the machine, and advance the depth of cue until the bit penetrates the auxiliary top.

You can't get a tighter, safer fit.

When your operation is done, strip off the auxiliary top and set it aside for the next time you use that bit. (Next time you want to use it, align it over the protruding bit, square up the corners, then tape it down.)

The sequence for cutting a stopped slot in a flat miter is straightforward. With the workpiece tipped up so it clears the bit (top left), align the mark on the work with the appropriate mark by the bit. Ixtwer the work onto the bit and advance it right to left (top right). As the end-ofcut mark comes into alignment with the mark by the bit, tip the work up off the bit (bottom left). The cut is clean and straight, with its ends rounded on the same radius as the bit (bottom right).

table (or on masking tape applied to the router table) indicating the diameter of the bit. (Set a square against the fence and slide its blade against the bit; scribe along the blade on the tabletop. Move the square to the other side of the bit and repeat.) On the face of the workpiece that will be visible as you rout, mark the ends of the desired slot.

When you cut the slot, always move the work from right to left. And always keep the reference face against the fence. Brace it against the fence and slide it to the bit. Tip the leading edge up and over the bit. aligning the staning mark on the workpiece with the left bit mark on the table. When the marks line up, plunge the work onto the bit and feed the work to the left. When the end mark on the workpiece aligns with the right bit mark on the table, tip the trailing edge up off the bit, thus ending the cut.

Quick and simple.

Each piece can be cut in the same way, regardless of the angle of the miter, regardless of whether it leans to the right or to the left. Just mark the ends of each slot.

The sequence for cutting a stopped slot in a flat miter is straightforward. With the workpiece tipped up so it clears the bit (top left), align the mark on the work with the appropriate mark by the bit. Ixtwer the work onto the bit and advance it right to left (top right). As the end-ofcut mark comes into alignment with the mark by the bit, tip the work up off the bit (bottom left). The cut is clean and straight, with its ends rounded on the same radius as the bit (bottom right).

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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