Subtraction Week 1 – Router Skill Builder

February 1, 2016 / By

February 1, 2016 / By

Planning

I made it about an hour and a half setting up incorrectly before I got to the step in the instructions that said using a corner piece would save a lot of time. I will remember to read all of the instructions before starting next time.

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Materials

Shop Plywood. 1/4″ thick, I think.

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Set-Up

Clamped everything up. Measured out the two sides and went by the pdf diagram for measurements and figuring out the circle. Eyeballed the sides. Could probably have used a protractor here.

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Process

Here’s how the actual routing went. Bonus 360 video of the 1st pass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ9EjJoWZVU&feature=youtu.be

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Bit came loose at one point. I was probably removing too much with each pass. It also stalled, I tried turning up the torque but didn’t really like the added noise. It didn’t seem like the right thing to do. I dialled back the torque and bit depth and went around more methodically.

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Finished Product

I fell a bit at the last hurdle. I wasn’t paying enough attention on my first pass of the straight cut and overshot the lip by about 2cm. This was annoying because I was rather happy with the cut up until this point. The router table was already set up for bevelling edges and so I ran my cutout piece through a quick pass.

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This took a lot longer than I thought it would. Learned a lot about the router though. Will be using it again. Discovered stupid mistakes to avoid in the future.

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