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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-20-2015, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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I'm making a serving tray. I'm to the point where I need to cut the bottom. As you can see I've routed a rabbit to hold the bottom and while I can mark and cut with a jig saw I thought there must be a cleaner/sharper method using a router and pattern bit. But I don't know what it is or how to make the cut.

I have two routers a Bosch 1617 and a DeWalt trim router. Both fixed and plunge bases for each and some trim bits.

One pic shows the tray up-side-down and the other in the correct orientation. The bottom is cherry pw, mdf core.

Thanks for looking on this busy weekend. I hope one of you clever folks can point me down the path.

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You might make a template from your tray that is cut out larger than the tray bottom and use a bushing and template bit to cut it out.

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for a flush bottom...
make the 1st cut using the outside of the tray's frame as a guide w/ your panel bit...
cut your base and a pattern at the this time...
sandwich the two together w/ DS tape...
now using a rabbiting bit w/ the bearing adjusted for depth of cut you need to cut the bottom down to size follow the pattern w/ the bearing and cut the bottom piece down to size...
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That worked great Stick, it's all done. I owe you a beer!

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Good deal Berry. I hope you took photos of the process to share with members learning about using templates and guide bushings.

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OH,by the way, Berry, I like your tray design. Very nice the way you made the corner joints and the curved corners. Looks like you already used the rebate bit to cut the rebate for the bottom in the rails. Very nice job,show us what it looks like when it is done ,like Mike suggests.

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for a flush bottom...
cut two bottoms using the outside of the tray's frame as a guide w/ your panel bit...
one is to be used for/as a pattern and the other is the actual bottom....
sandwich the two together w/ DS tape...
now using a rabbiting bit w/ the guide bearing's diameter adjusted for depth of cut follow the pattern and cut the bottom piece down to size...

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I had to rewrite this so I understood it....
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Stick, new members really benefit from photos of the process. A picture is worth a thousand words.
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