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I am a newbie to routers, and would like to know if a portable router is powerful enough to cut slots on the side of an ipe board which is a pretty hard wood.
I've seen instructions to use a 3-wing slot cutter (5/32" width and 1/2" depth).
Was considering buying a portable 1.25HP router such as the DeWalt DWP611 router.

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Are you talking about cutting a slot on the edge of the material or on the flat side?
How many feet in length are you talking about?
The router bit may dull before the router gives out.

More info please.
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this is for a deck, slots will be on the edge, a few inches long every 16" (enough to insert a clip to screw the board on a joist).
So the slot does not have to go the full length of the board.

I would have liked to paste a URL of a video showing what I want to do - but looks like I need more than 10 posts ;-(
Google for "how to groove square edge deck boards" on the fastenmaster web site.

You'll find an example of video showing how these small cuts are done but was not sure about the type of router used (again this is for a very hard exotic wood)


Can hand held routers be used for this kind of job?

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http://www.fastenmaster.com/blog/det...ck-boards.html

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Sounds like a job for a biscuit jointer
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The biscuit joiner would work but a slot cutter should also do the job but the DW611 is the absolute minimum size router I would use. About 2 hp would be better like a Bosch 1617 or Hitachi M12VC.
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I am a newbie to routers, and would like to know if a portable router is powerful enough to cut slots on the side of an ipe board which is a pretty hard wood.
I've seen instructions to use a 3-wing slot cutter (5/32" width and 1/2" depth).
Was considering buying a portable 1.25HP router such as the DeWalt DWP611 router.

Thanks
1st off machining Ipe is tough on tooling... go w/ the Freud 4-wing cut slot cutter...
also... in this case, more is better...
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I have a pair of the 1617's. I used one to cut raised panel doors. That is a big cutter...almost 3 1/2 inches in diameter. I ran the router at it slowest speed. She moaned and groaned but she did a good job!
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ok looks like 1.25hp is going to be a bit challenging as I was suspecting.
I liked them because they are small and lightweight (~4lb).
Moving up to 2hp is going to mean using something over 7lb. So a bit more work to move it around on the deck (I'll have to cut quite a bit of slots) but the recon models are not that much more expensive.
The Bosch 1617b definitely looks like a nice router!

I could not find any Freud 4-wing slot cutter that is 5/32" (only up to 1/4"). All those slot cutters I have seen that cut 5/32" have only 3 wings.

Another option for me would be to buy pre-grooved boards, which adds about $500 to the cost of the boards for a project of my size.

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I must have bought a different type of deck board. The ones I bought are tongue and groove. Buy a box of clips and screws and go to town. Simply put a screw and clip into each joist. noting shows above the deck.

http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...-part-4-a.html

Go to about post #18 where I talk about the playhouse and the deck.

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Simply put, Ipe is extremely abrasive even on carbide tooling. Horsepower helps (and is needed) so long as the cutting tool stays sharp, then you just produce lots of heat.
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