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Deepen a hinge mortise without template

I have many doors in my home that we would like to switch to using a different style hinge made by Baldwin. The hinges are the same profile as the current hinges, but, are twice as thick. I know I can ...
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I have an old B&D router and I don’t know how to put the bits on

I have an older 5/8 hp Black and Decker router. I want to learn how to use it but I am pretty sure I’m missing a piece to connect the bits. There is a piece that connects to the router but that’s it, ...
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Routing tongue and groove flooring in-place, compensating for inconsistent widths

Long story short, supply chain issues and long waits for contractor scheduling has found me with a 1300sqft of LL Flooring Bellawood Natural Matte Hickory, solid 3/4" hardwood flooring. The ...
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Trimming the edge of hardwood (birch wood) with straight edge router bit

I'm trying to trim the edge of a 1 and 1/2 inches thick butcher block counter top with a straight edge router bit. However, the router doesn't seem to cut into the wood but it sound more like the ...
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How to mount a WiFi router on wall without using nails?

My landlord isn't allowing me to make holes on the wall, and my WiFi router on ground is not giving much coverage. So is there any way I can mount a WiFi router to the wall, a little bit above the ...
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Need a special router bit -- similar to a flush trim bit but inset where the cut won't reach the bearing wheel

I am looking for a router bit that I don't know if it exists and if it does what it would be called so that I can find it. Basically what I want is a flush trim bit but one where the size of the cut ...
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Choosing the cutting length of a router bit

I'm trying to decide how long the cutting edge on a pattern router bit should be. I'm trimming a 2-by (1-1/2" actual) with a pattern / template on top, and I'm having a hard time finding a 1-1/2&...
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Can anyone suggest how to connect a CAT6 cable to the incoming 5 pair telephone cable?

The below image displays the incoming cable from the telephone provider. As far as I have searched it's a 5-pair telephone cable. I was suggested by the telephone company to replace the current ...
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How can I reduce the thickness of a board except in one narrow area?

Due to some trim work, I need to shave off several 1 in x 3 in x8 feet boards. I need to shave off the 1 in thickness by 3/8 inches EXCEPT for a rectangular of 1 in x 7 feet, with one side shared with ...
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Can I enhance Wi-Fi with a parabolic reflector?

I have a decommissioned satellite dish antenna and I’d like to get a stronger signals from nearby Wi-Fi source. I could mount an antenna at the focal point of the dish, as long as the router allowed ...
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Problems with reassembling Bosch POF 1200 AE router

So in my infinite wisdom, while removing one of the springs from my Bosch POF 1200 AE router I accidentally took the router motor out of the housing itself. When I removed it I heard click, click ...
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Spindle speed of classic Cable Porter 100-M router?

I'm trying to calculate proper feed rates for my Cable Porter 100-M router which I have mounted on a 3-axis CNC machine. The spindle speed is not listed in the original user manual. Does anyone know ...
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Rabbeting concrete

I am estimating an approach in which I'd make a rabbet on a soft concrete wall. The dimension of the rabbet are roughly ~2cm x 3cm x 400cm. My initial idea is to find a router bit (wood router) for ...
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Re-wiring a router into the main control panel

This is my first time asking so please excuse me for not being in the right place. Our home Internet was just upgraded to higher speed and so we got a new router that handles 5G and 2.4G. I want to ...
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Removing router bit that is stuck with damaged shaft

I got this router from a family member for free but the bit is stuck. It's waaaay over tightened. Trying to get it out just damages the shaft (which I already managed to do). What is the best approach ...
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Why can I not adjust the cutting depth on this router?

I just bought a new router (DeWalt 618, changeable fixed/plunge base). It comes with the motor mounted on the fixed base, which is what I planned to use anyway. I opened the locking lever and tried to ...
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How to hang wood letters

I have cut out a word made of 1/2" poplar and would like to hang it in the wall. I originally thought of using my (non plunge) router with a keyhole bit to cut two keyholes, but I'm afraid that the ...
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How to attach hose to router table port?

How do I attach my dust collection hose to the port on router table fence? I am using a standard shop-vac hose.
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How can I remove material from this wood beam?

I am trying to mount a roller shade in between two wood beams on my porch. The problem is that the beams are a hair too close together to accommodate mounting the shade. I am trying to remove a small ...
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Should Rabbet Widths be relative to the width of a Frame or are absolute values adequate?

I am in the midst of looking to create a few Picture Frames, all varying in sizes. As such, I have been looking into what would be the best Width for the accompanying Rabbet. From what I can see, ...
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method to rout rope beading in door trim - rope bit or side cutting

I am realizing that the $39.95 package of beaded door trim and corner rosettes amounts to 86.00 per door, and with about 10 doors to do, I've decided to mill them myself, thank you very much. I found ...
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Which is a more versatile tool that can do more things other tools can't: Jigsaw or Trim (Palm) Router?

I can choose between a combo including either a jigsaw or a handheld trim router. I like to do various DIY projects at home so I enjoy using different tools. I have a few tools including drill, impact ...
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Which router bit should I use to recess a door hinge using a template

I've just made my 1st template and used it to rout out a set of hinges . I was very surprised to learn that the usual approach was to use a guide bush and a straight 2 fluted bit. This involved ...
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Router safety - what did I do wrong?

Long story short I was running my DeWalt fixed base router (8000-24000 RPM) on a piece of work when it started making a funny noise. I lifted the router up to see why it was making the noise, and ...
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making shallow angle in wood

I'm thinking how to make a shallow angle - not too important what it is - in wood plank about 3'7" long (see cross section below). I was thinking maybe a power planer might do but they're for making ...
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Is it possible to use a router to cut a slot in aluminum?

I need to cut a 1/4 inch slot in 1/4 inch inch thick aluminum. I currently have A drill press A router in a router table Carbide bits for the router My current plant is to drill the beginning and ...
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Roundover router bit to get a large radius molding

I'm looking for a router bit (preferrably from named brands like CMT, WPW, Dimar etc) to get a profile of an arc of a large radius, something like 55-60mm and of a chord length equal to something ...
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Can I use a router on a vertical surface?

I am investigating routing scoop handles on some pocket doors that have already been installed. Is this possible? I would be using a CNC cut template clamped to the door. Here is what I'm trying to ...
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Installing Router inside Electrical Closet and Hacking the Telephone Socket

I live in the Netherlands and I have a router which I would like to hide away in my closet. Currently, it gets internet from the telephone socket seen in the image below. I would like to place this ...
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Which router bit was used on this 18mm plywood drawer front?

I have 18mm birch ply fronts for my kitchen and I'm trying to identify the correct router bit to use for making recessed drawer pulls. The ones I've been able to find all seem to be for much thicker ...
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Router table: bit positioning and guard?

I bought the Craftsman fixed-based router + table for DIY home projects. I am in the process of getting familiar with the router/table operation + safety rules. I have the following questions. ...
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How can I best physically box in my internet router [closed]

I have a router standing in a corner on the floor. There are a few wires lying on the floor. Its ugly, it collects a lot of dust and when children are visiting they get in and mess my signal up. All ...
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Need specifications of antenna to use for Increasing 3G/4G strength of a 4G router

I live in India, Bangalore. I have an Airtel Huawei B310s-927 4G router. Since the network coverage in my area is very bad, I want to improve the 4G signal strength by using an antenna. But what ...
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Router bit for baseboards

I have old baseboards in our house and need to replace just a two foot section. I figure it would be cheapest for me to attempt to mill mine own. I had a guy work on our house a few years back that ...
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Router bit suitable for straight cuts in pine 1/2" deep; Dutchman door patch

I'm replacing Mortise locks with contemporary levers on solid wood doors in my apartment. The doors are pine, 1 3/4" thick. I've removed the Mortise locks, leaving behind two large holes and the ...
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What is the proper setup to cut straight openings with a router?

I am new to using a router (first time). Did as much research as I could and I am wondering if my layout for cutting my first project is proper.
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Can you use a router like a saw to cut wood?

Can one use a router to cut wood in a similar way that a jigsaw would cut wood? What are the upsides and downsides of using a router to cut wood? It seems simple enough, but then again, I've never ...
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power surges causing internet dropouts?

What I now know is that the problem is the power and not from ISP. The frequent almost hourly dropouts to the adsl started when I began using a Powerline Adapter. The dropouts would affect the ...
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How to safely route a wide groove in 2x2?

I would like to create a groove 3/4" wide and 1" deep in a piece of red oak 2x2, approximately 5" long (it is being sized to slip over a 1x2). I have a 1/2" router bit, and have successfully created a ...
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How can I mount my router to my table?

Some time ago, I bought a second-hand table saw. The original owner had extended the table with a section where he mounted a router. The holes are in the pattern of a Group C router and I recently ...
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How do I get 3/8" deep and 2" wide rabbet into 3/4" plywood with a handheld router

I am trying to get rabbet of sizable width 2" into 3/4" plywood. I was looking at rabbet bits and the depth (3/8") I need is not and issue but getting the width will be a challenge. The largest ...
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What kind of router would you use to extend a cabinet opening?

I'm the proud owner of this guy: http://www.cabinets.com/dsmw649h-mbc24-shaker-maple-bright-white-microwave-base-cabinet-1-drawer.html The description is as follows (emphasis mine): 1 bottom ...
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Is this a plunge router?

This is a second hand router that I would like to buy. I am not sure if by the description on the package this is a plunge router or not
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Can a round-over router bit do 50% of the thickness while resting on the cut profile?

I think I now understand just enough of how router bits work, but I'd like to confirm I got it right. I will use a router to round the edges of shelves. The thickness of the plywood is 3/4". ...
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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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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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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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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 myself....
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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. I'm ...
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