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First time here. I have never really used a router, owned some, mostly given them away. Primarily I am a woodcarver. I make canes and give them away to vets, I make hardwood slingshots and give those away to people with an interest. As I am retired this has been a fun use of spare time.
Now the problem. My source of Diamond Willow has dried up. Purchase from another source of sticks makes my canes too expensive on a fixed budget to give them away at the rate I have in the past. I have uncovered another retiree who has an extensive supply of Alligator Juniper that he can cut 1 1/2" slabs out of for me. Problem is I have no interest in a lathe, or the space to put it. My wife went to an estate sale last week and bought me a router. (Sears 3/4 hp on a bench top table 1/4" collet. I am trying to figure out whether I can use this to round over the edges in one pass. End cut should leave me a piece of stock 2" wide x 1 1/2" thick with the 1 1/2" sides both rounded over. The wood varies in hardness from about cherry to oak depending on how high it grew. 5000-8000' up.
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1 I would like to make one pass to round over but could be talked into two
2 Hardwood and I 1/2 can be a big tough cut on bench top
3 I believe a 3/4 hp router
4 I would rather spend the money for a decent bit than to be buying a bunch over time
5 I am a carver and getting my stock to shape is about all I use power tools for

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Your router would work best if it is mounted in a table. Use a 3/8 inch roundover bit, and if necessary, make a couple of passes.

Dedicate that router to this operation and you should be good to go.

Or, check out Harbor Freight. I had one of those routers for a while but outgrew it with my projects.

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I'd suggest a 1.5hp router minimum that allows for a 1/4" and 1/2" collet. Even with the slightly more powerful router for hard woods I'd still suggest 2 passes. Have you considered mangrove for canes. I've had this cane since 5/1/84, I bought it in Ocho Rios Jamaica, it began to develop some checking in the late 90s but not enough to disfigure the carving or bring stability into question. I did actually use it for a while in 04. It's a dense wood and could certainly double as a shillelagh
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Hello and welcome to the forum.
There a lot of utube videos on the web for using a router table to make dowels

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Thank you.
We retired 5000' up in central Az. We have a VA hospital here and a ton of military retirees, mostly it seems Marines. There are also a lot of Native Americans here who have chosen the Corps and served with pride. I have access to a native wood, Alligator Juniper, that is fairly dense, fairly lightweight and hides beautiful grain. A local guy here spends most of his time walking the mountains looking for fire killed trees, felling, skidding and slicing them with US Forestry approval. He can sell me a 1 1/2" thick x 10" wide by 9' long slab for under $20. I plan on ripping to
1 1/2" thick x 2" wide x 4' long stock. Wood is already air dried by mother nature and fairly easy to work. I want to cut main section into a sort of oval 2" across by 1 1/2" thick. sort of like the handle on a "Brazos Walking Stick" cane handle. I have to learn how to get the base shape to the cane and intend to start a prototype in a week or so. I only have space for a bench top router and hope I can set one up for just rounding over the 1 1/2" sides. Handles I hope to cut from scrap and secure with threaded rod and marine epoxy. What I am really looking for I guess is the best source for the router bits needed. Right now that is probably 1/4 shank, carbide(?), and a decent life for the bit. If I get a chance I may get a heavier router and table on a super deal but right now I would rather spend money on good bits.
Let me be honest, I do not sell anything I make. We are on a fixed income and this comes out of my mad money budget. I get paid when I see one of my canes being used at Costco, over in Sedona, or as far away as Flagstaff. A vet, in my opinion, who needs help to walk has a right to pride. Every cane or staff has been different that I have made and in over 10 years I hope is still handling utility and pride.

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First, let me say that what you are doing is absolutely inspiring - I know you must get pleasure from what you do - I get pleasure just reading about it. Our armed forces, and your servicemen and women deserve the support and recognition. Kudos to you.

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Thank you for your time, money and love that you pour into these canes. I too get a joy out of reading about your passion. Although I'm too new to provide any guidance here, I anxiously wait to read the recos that come out of this string. Thanks again.

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I would say that instead of spending a lot of money on a bit that you may no tbe happy with buy a cheaper one to start and see how it goes. See if the router you have will do the job for you. MLCS has free shipping and reasonably priced bits they also have a better brand but try the cheaper one first. You might want to hog a little off the edges with the table saw just to save some wear and tear on the bit.
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