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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-12-2016, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Your profile shows that you have a table saw. Have a dado set? If you do have a dado set for your table saw, cut the groove with a dado cutter and feather boards to hold the work down on the table saw top and against the fence.

In my opinion and experience, there is far too much room for error/drift with a 36" long board and a hand held router, even with an edge guide. If you want to utilize a router, fabricate a guide with two runners to keep the router from wandering.
I have a table saw and dado set. The cut I am making in the MDF is a T slot. I could make the first cut on the table saw but I will have to make the final cut with the T slot bit with the router. I was going to use a straight router bit and make the cut in a couple of passes to get to the final depth then switch to the T slot bit for the final cut.
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I'd put it on the right and pull for more control
you could also use a template guide and straight edge. This would be better
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I would normally do this on the router table. But I'm doing this on MDF which I really don't like having to route indoors so my plan is to do this routing outdoors. I haven't figured out a good way to capture the dust when doing this type of cut on the router table.
Being right -handed, I would use the router edge guide and feed left to right - as has been said, your body weight will keep the edge guide against the part. Adding a hardwood strip to your edge guide will really help to keep the guide moving smoothly against the edge - I have maple strips screwed to mine that have a total length of about 14", this lets you make a smooth transition into and out of the cut.

If you have dust collection on your router table, cutting MDF shouldn't be any more of a problem than any other material. You could look at clamping a vacuum nozzle at the outfeed edge of the table to pick up any dust that is pushed forward and down out of the groove. I just cut the grooves for the plywood bottom in a bunch of drawer parts and had very little sawdust on the table top when I was finished.
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Being right -handed, I would use the router edge guide and feed left to right - as has been said, your body weight will keep the edge guide against the part. Adding a hardwood strip to your edge guide will really help to keep the guide moving smoothly against the edge - I have maple strips screwed to mine that have a total length of about 14", this lets you make a smooth transition into and out of the cut.

If you have dust collection on your router table, cutting MDF shouldn't be any more of a problem than any other material. You could look at clamping a vacuum nozzle at the outfeed edge of the table to pick up any dust that is pushed forward and down out of the groove. I just cut the grooves for the plywood bottom in a bunch of drawer parts and had very little sawdust on the table top when I was finished.
I have added a wooden auxiliary strip to the edge guide. I have dust collection on the table behind the blade and have tried to catch it off the end too....gets a lot. May give it another try....the table is really the best.
I had another idea....add an auxiliary top to the router table with an open area around the bit that opens toward the dust collect that is directly behind the bit and attached to the fence. Hopefully the saw dust would be pulled and picked up behind the bit instead of shooting out the groove as it is being cut.
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