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what is the safest and best method of routing a "T" slot in a picture frame. I have a 1/4 inch "T" slot bit and a Bosch trim router that would accommodate this bit. I am concerned about the ability to keep the router on track. The picture frame is too large to take to my router table.
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Welcome to the forum, Harvey.

I would look at a "ski" set up to maintain the level of the cutter.

How big is the frame and do you have work bench large enough for it to sit on?

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what is the safest and best method of routing a "T" slot in a picture frame. I have a 1/4 inch "T" slot bit and a Bosch trim router that would accommodate this bit. I am concerned about the ability to keep the router on track. The picture frame is too large to take to my router table.
load a picture of the frame into your computer and then post a picture of the frame's profile...
point ot where you want the T slot...

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What is the purpose of the T-slot in the frame? For hanging?

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Hello Harvey
Welcome to the forum.
Are you talking about a keyhole slot to hang the picture?

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Welcome to the forum Harvey.

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Welcome to the forum. The safest way is to plunge the bit in. With a trim router you would have to tip the bit into the cut. One big issue with using the keyhole bit is that it has to be in exactly the right spot or the picture will hang crooked which is why so many people use the sawtooth hangers that allow you to find the spot where it balances. If the frame is narrow you will need to add blocking on either side to keep the router stable.

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I always run my keyhole slot horizontal instead of vertical. That way you simply slide the picture until it hangs even. Space allowing, of course.
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Everytime I used a "T' slot bit ,I broke it. I used to then cut a saw kerf and then followed with the bit, that seemed to work. What you are doing is a Key hole ,I think, and I wouldn't do them free hand without a template.

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Same here much easier then placing at exact spot
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