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Old 03-07-2005, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best technique for routing small pieces??

I want to cut some slots and counterbores in small pieces which are difficult to clamp to the bench due to the small size.

The stops shown are about 6"x6"

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Old 03-08-2005, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My suggestion would be to nail or screw the suckers to a bigger piece.
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Old 03-08-2005, 04:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ZXXer12, You can make jigs for each of your small pieces, but the precision method would be to use a pin router and a machinists vice that has screws for movement similar to the way a milling machine table works.
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How large (small) are the pieces to be cut?
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Each item shown in the sketch above is ~6"x6".

Since i'm going to make at least two I thought I'd leave them together, cut the slots and then seperate. That way the whole pice would be ~12 long by 6" wide.

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I'm not certain what you mean by counter-bore, but each piece has two screw holes that could be used to attach them to a bench. Then clamp pieces of equal-thickness wood beside them to balance the router. Routing first then cutting would make sense, too.
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The sizes you are quoting are certainly not small pieces by any means. for example I have produced recessed handles which are only 100mm long and 40mm wide. This does require a means of holding the material secure during the process and I have made a Jig holder to hold material and the template required to control the cutter. You will require to have some knowledge on the use of the template Guides (Guide bushes)
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Sorry,
I should have included a pic.
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Work the opposite way round. Your method of working is to cut down to a small size first then rout it. Dont. Rout first then cut the pieces down. A simple explanation is as follows.

IF you couldnt buy 1/2inch scotia moulding in 8foot lengths and HAD to make it you would not cut a piece of timber 1/2 x 1/2 and then rout it because it is difficult to do and dangerous. What you would do is take a piece of 6inch x 1/2" (six inch wide is easy to clamp or screw/nail to a bench) rout the moulding and then put the timber through the table saw. Simple and quick, its how I do non standard mouldings on site.

PS forgive the spelling of moldings
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PS my version is the other side of the coin to dustmasters post, make a small problem big
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