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Just to start, this is a great forum, thanks for all the great info! I wouldn't consider myself a woodworker, I actually own a ski shop in Alaska and I'm an avid backcountry skier/snowboarder. We are going to start splitting snowboards in half (splitboards) so you can walk up the hill and then put the board back together and snowboard down. They've been making these for some time now both DIY and manufactured. What Diy boards lack is a inside steel edge like the outside. I want to install a edge the running surface of the board but I'm having trouble finding a router bit or method that will do what I need. I can't post a web address in the common form but if I could post with a dot com at the end so you guys can see a picture of what I want to do:
i45.photobucket.com/albums/f81/monk151/venture_edge_PB.jpgdotcom (just remove (dotcom) so it ends with jpg and add http:// to the front! Sorry I know this is a pain, but the only way I can effectively ask this question.

As you can see it looks like a slot about 1/8" was routed out of the sidewall, I think Iíve got that figured out with a slot router and an appropriate bearing size, what I'm having issues with is cutting just enough base material away (blue part of the ski) so the edge will sit flush with the rest of the sidewall. it ends up about 3/32" and the thickness isn't as important because the slot router will remove material there anyway. Doing this by hand would be the best I think because the board isn't completely flat it has camber sort of like a bow, however the cut edge will be completely strait. This is the only thing holding me up on the project, any help would be greatly appreciated and again what a great forum!
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I got a "not found" message also. From what I read and what I know about snowboards I would say you want a very small router, possibly a laminate trimmer. It has the smallest base of anything that could do the job. I would work from the convex side. You have a better chance of following the curve at the tip that way and you would have to eyeball to make sure you stay 90 degrees. Because I can't bring up the picture, I don't know if there is a standard router bit for the job.
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I was able to find the photo by highlighting all the way to and including jpg, then copying it to the command line. Looking at the photo hasn't helped me to really understand your problem though. Do you want to relieve the edge of the board so that the steel strip fits flush with the surface of the board? It looks like you have already done that.

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Hi Josh,
Try using a small laminate router using a rabbiting bit with the appropriate sized bearing for the job.

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Thanks for the great advice... I decided to go the rabbeting bit route but I'm having problems getting the right bearing size. I ordered a 1" large diameter bit with a 7/8 bearing but not knowing any better I got a bearing with a 5/16 ID... I can't find a large enough bearing in 3/16", do they make a rabbeting bit that will take a 5/16 ID bearing or does anyone know where I can get a 7/8 (22mm) OD bearing in 3/16. Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for the great advice... I decided to go the rabbeting bit route but I'm having problems getting the right bearing size. I ordered a 1" large diameter bit with a 7/8 bearing but not knowing any better I got a bearing with a 5/16 ID... I can't find a large enough bearing in 3/16", do they make a rabbeting bit that will take a 5/16 ID bearing or does anyone know where I can get a 7/8 (22mm) OD bearing in 3/16. Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for the great advice... I decided to go the rabbeting bit route but I'm having problems getting the right bearing size. I ordered a 1" large diameter bit with a 7/8 bearing but not knowing any better I got a bearing with a 5/16 ID... I can't find a large enough bearing in 3/16", do they make a rabbeting bit that will take a 5/16 ID bearing or does anyone know where I can get a 7/8 (22mm) OD bearing in 3/16. Thanks in advance.
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