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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 sets ...
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What is the best width router bit for cutting ply?

I will be using a 1.4KW router that has ¼ 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 bit....
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...