Routing UHMW Polyethylene
My name is John and I am very new to the whole "Routing World". I want to start off by thanking the community for allowing me to join this group. Thank you!!
Ok, how should I begin? I guess starting from the beginning would be my best bet. I am a downhill skateboarder and I travel at a high rate of speed..., downhill (controlled of course). I use all the necessary safety gear (ie., helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and gloves with sliding pucks, etc.) that is necessary for my hobby. With that said, I am planning to make these sliding pucks with sheets of UHMW Polyethylene. UHMW seems to be the best material for making these pucks since it is a very tough material, with the highest impact strength, has a very low coefficient of friction, is self-lubricating, and is highly resistant to abrasion.
I would like to make these pucks in two different shapes, 3" diameter circles and
3"x3" squares with a thickness of .75". They both would have rounded edges.
So, I humbly ask the experts, what would be the right bit to cut circles and to round the edges for UHMW? Or is there a bit to do both rounding and cutting at the same time? Is there a specific jig used to cut circles from plastics? If I have to round the edges individual pieces, what would be the safest way to round the small pieces? Would I have to use a router with a certain minimum amount of horse power to cut UHMW?
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Oh, I am planning to purchase both router and table.