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choosing or using routers, router bits, and other accessories

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Best way to hog out material for a doorway jamb switch’s electrical box?

I keep splitting the thin wood of the jamb itself when trying to use a chisel because when the needed hole size is correctly cut, the remaining amount of material is like razor thin (<1/4”). I have ...
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Which type of nut can be used as a replacement for the Dewalt router DC600B to securely hold a 1/2-inch shank?

I own a Dewalt 20V Cordless Router DC600B equipped with a 1/4-inch nut. Can this be replaced with a specific type of 1/2-inch nut or collet that accommodates a 1/2-inch shank?
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Bosch router Collet shafts stuck

I need to put on a new wood router Collet for smaller bit. I am unable to remove the old collet fully. The black nut comes off easily and is upside down in the image. The shaft inside the collet nut ...
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Dark marks on 45-degree oak chamfer: causes and solutions?

I recently put a 45-degree chamfer on an oak parquet piece, but noticed some dark marks on the freshly cut surface. I'm wondering if these could be burn marks? Even though I set the RPM to around 20K ...
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Most effective way to cut slots into sheet-metals

I need to cut two 1-2mm slots into the edging of some c channel What is the most effective way to make these cuts? Using a 1mm drill bit and making holes side by side does work but it's slow and doesn'...
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How to connect coax modem/router to a home patch panel?

Please excuse my lack of knowledge here. I recently moved to a new house and realized the coax cable is in a closet with two ethernet sockets. With some research on the internet I guess this is called ...
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What router bits do I buy?

I have bought this router: https://www.dewalt.co.uk/product/dcw604nt-xj/18v-xr-brushless-8mm-14-router-bare-unit I assume the "8mm" in the description refers to the size of the bit I can use....
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Can I route a Rabbet edge into a piece of drywall?

I am replacing the outside facing wall in the bathroom of a mobile home (because the wood underneath was eaten away by termites. The original wall was extremely thin made out of perhaps 1/8th inch ...
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How to cover screw holes on a plywood floor [closed]

This is the floor in a space where every 1/16" of vertical space counts, so we decided to use the plywood covering the joists as the floor. It looks OK, but the seams and the screw holes are ...
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Cut grooves in plywood without using a router table

I want to cut grooves in a piece of 2x4. I thought of using my table saw, but the cuts would be too narrow. I have a router but no router table. Is there a way to cut grooves without a router table? I ...
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How to route a recessed slot along underside of fine furniture shelving for recessed light strip?

all. My question is at the bottom in bold if you want to get right to it but thought I'd provide photos and details to give perspective on what I'm dealing with. I had someone on Etsy make me this ...
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How to a cut out a hob hole in a kitchen worktop with a router?

I have a T5 router and can get a 1/4-Inch Shank Double Flute 50mm long Straight Grooving Bit, clearly, I will need to make many passes as the router/bit would not cope with a single deep pass. I have ...
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Can someone explain router collet sizing to me?

I need to fit some edge trim to various bits of furniture board in my camper van. This is the correct router piece: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trend-Slotting-31-8mm-diameter-C143AX8MMTC/dp/B0052XR3BY/ ...
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How can I use a plunge router on a vertical surface? [closed]

tldr: can I use a plunge router horizontally (for example, routing a recess on a wall stud). I am planning a project using low profile architectural panel clips (Sugatsune VL-03, if it matters). I am ...
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When making 90-degree nested mullions what sort of jig keeps the router cuts perfectly aligned?

I need to replace the frame and sash of a wooden window and would like to paint it to match other windows (a feature that makes a purchased window rather expensive, since divided lites are usually ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...