choosing or using routers, router bits, and other accessories

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What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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Router bit depth keeps decreasing/slipping down, where is the problem?

I inherited a black and decker plunge router from my grandfather. From when I first tried it the bit has always slowly receded back decreasing the amount the bit protrudes from the router base. This ...
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How best to cut vinyl drafting board cover?

I'm topping an office desk with Vyco (an Alvin product which has few competitors e.g. Borco). The material is a 1/16th inch thick, very tough, and flexible. They advertise that scissors work; but in ...
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What is the correct router bit for cutting shapes out of plywood

I built my own small CNC router ( from a kit ) I'm going to be cutting some 1/4" plywood, basically just cutting shapes out of it, and I was wondering, what is the best router bit for simply making ...
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How to figure out router bit radius

I want to match the existing radius on my stairs trim, but I'm unsure what size rounding over bit I need to get. I measured the arc of the radius the best I could with a flexible tape measure and it's ...
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Filling holes in a timber workbench top

I got an old workbench with a top made by a pair of railway sleepers (I assume this is timber). It was very old and sticky with paint stains and not very plane at all, so I tried to use a router and a ...
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Will marble dust trash my router?

I'm getting ready to tile a bathroom, and got an incredible deal on a short lot of marble tile. Problem is, there isn't any matching bullnose available so I'm going to have to cut the bullnose ...
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Removing angled section from edge of board?

I have a 1" thick sheet (maybe plywood or solid wood or MDF) and I would like to cut a section out of the edge. This image shows the board, in green, in cross section: The angle is 30/60 degrees. ...
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Wood suitable for routing

I recently took down undesired sliding doors (solid wood, of some variety) to put up bi-fold doors in their place. In looking at new bi-fold doors it occured to me that I might be able to put the ...
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How can I repeatedly cut the same pattern using a router?

I'm involved with a project where I need to use a router (or some other tool?) to carve a specific-sized square in the top of a desk. This square will not go all the way through the desk; rather, it ...
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Are router mounting holes standard?

I just bought a used table saw and a previous owner extended the table and in the extension put holes to mount a router underneath. There's a 1.5-2" center hole and several counter-sunk holes around ...
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How Can I Attach a Box to an inside wall that will the hide internet router without damaging the wall?

I have a series of cables and an internet router on the floor of my apartment, like this: I would like to attach a box to the wall that will hide all of this, and tuck the wireless router inside ...
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Is it sane to use a normal router to cut drywall, approximating a spiral saw?

I have a drywall job that I'm struggling to do with my hand tools and circular saw and can see a real need for a Spiral Saw RotoZip type of tool. But it'm not so keen to buy something so specialized ...
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Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?

If I mount something like one of these: in a router in a router table, have I just created a spindle sander, or are there other differences in how they work? If you've already got a router, what ...
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Are router bit imperfections normal?

I just got my first router and purchased some Freud bits for it. However, I noticed that a few of them have pitting at the base where the cutter joins the shank. Is this normal for router bits, or is ...
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Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4

I am building a ladder similar to the one pictured. I want to cut hand-hold holes like the ones in the image. I am horrible with a jig-saw, and I don't think I could ever get them looking as nice as ...
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What tool do I need to cut groove along edge of floorboard

Very simple question really - I have a floating wooden floor and a raised stone hearth in front of the fireplace. I want to run some cables along the edge of the hearth and I need to lift the floor ...
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Can I mount a router to the Ridgid R4510 table saw?

I'd like to purchase a Ridgid R4510 table saw, but I want to make sure I can mount a router under it. Should I be concerned with whether this specific table saw is going to allow it or do pretty much ...
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How do I choose a router for fitting doors?

I need to fit at least 12 doors, 6 of these are fire doors. So I need to cut out for the hinges on all the doors and frame, as well as fit the Intumescent fire strip in 6 door or frames. So what do ...
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What router bearing can I use to reduce groove depth?

I order this 3/32 slotting bit from Amazon. Shank size 1/4, depth of cut up to 9/16. I only need 3/8 depth (slightly over is ok), but I could not find the right bearing. There are router bearing ...
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What is the best width router bit for cutting ply?

I will be using a 1.4KW router that has ΒΌ inches, 6mm and 8mm collets, and cutting ply using curved templates. I do not care what the width of the bit is, as I can make my template to match the ...
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Will this router and dovetail jig combo work?

I am looking at getting this router and this dovetail jig. These will be compatible with each other, right?
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What to look for when picking a router?

I am in the market to purchase a router for the first time, and I am not really sure what I should be looking for. As a reference, this is for hobby wood working, and the best I know to categorize it ...
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Is it possible to install a 1/2" collet on my palm router?

I initially bought a router (this router) for some door hinge mortising. Now I need to route a few 1"x1" channels in some MDF. The 1" x 1 1/4" bit I need has a 1/2" shaft, but the collet on my ...
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Which router would be more useful for kitchen cabinet work?

I will start my biggest project to date in a few months, and now I'm buying and studying the tools needed. Which router is most useful in cabinet making? A plunge router or a laminate trimmer? Both ...
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How to prevent router from grabbing board when doing face moulding?

I'm creating a picture frame out of a piece of 1"x6" Oak. I have a router table, with my face moulding bit inserted. I am guiding the wood in from the right side toward the left side (the direction of ...
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How can I cut regularly spaced 45 degree grooves in a piece of wood?

I'm making a coat rack to hang behind a door, but there isn't room room for a hanger between the door and the wall when the door is opened so it's parallel to the wall. My solution to this is to have ...
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What do you call the piece that holds a router bit's guide wheel in place?

In the pic below, there's a black ring that holds the bearing guide wheel in place against the router bit. I need another one of those so I can position the guide wheel higher up on the shank. ...
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Are finishing bits sold as such?

One of the answers for another question of mine recommended using a finishing bit in my router to leave about 1/16" protrusion remaining to be sanded. When I search for "finishing bit" though I can't ...