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Default Cutting slots.. What router do I need

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Know very little about routers. Have lots of power carving tools
I am mostly wood carver, cane maker and hand carved bowls.

Recently made desktop iphone chargers for a few friends out of some burl and some nice spalted maple.
I cut the slots for the phone to plug down into with a line of fostner bit holes, then finished off with chisel and foredom flex shaft tools.

Now getting requests for more.

The pieces are usually 6" / 6".. Different shapes.

What type of router and bit, if any, would cut the slots?
Also what type of bit?
Would be about 4 to 5 inches long and half inch or so deep.
Any help appreciated.
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Welcome Riccol's. A picture of the slot you want to cut, would be very handy!
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Hello and welcome Ricco...
the picture of a finished product sans the slots...

as for the router..
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Welcome Ricco. If you need a reach of 4 to 5" then a router won't do it. The bits don't come that long but we don't know if that's the problem until you post more specifics. It would be good if you finish filling out your profile so that we can see if you have other tools to work with.

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Hello Riccol
There're are so many ways you can do this.
Would be about 4 to 5 inches long and half inch or so deep.
So, the dado is only 1/2" deep, by how wide? If I had a table saw and a dado set I'd use it and cut a long section of material, run the dado thru it then cut it up into the individual sections.

If you intend on spending money, a good investment for a 1st router would be a 1.5/1.75 hp plunge router kit, (1/4 and 1/2" shanks along with a template guide kit. Without a router table, doing it handheld I'd make a slot jig to fit the template guide for a 3/4" spiral straight bit. Use the slot jig to affix the material to it, (clamps, pins or DS tape) then secure the ensemble to your bench. When complete cut to individual pieces.

If I had a circular saw only, I'd make a similar jig as above but with stops to the sides to prevent wobbly cut lines. Then use a hand router plane or chisels to clear the dado. If no hand router you might consider a strip of wood to fit the dado then wrap it with sandpaper and clear it that way.

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Thanks for the responses!

Only need 1/2 inch deep, the 4 to 5 was the length. Just a straight slot. 1/2" to 5/8 invh wide.
Need a flat bottom.

Will post pic tomorrow. Also complete profile.

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A straight 2 flute cutter (if it's NOT a through slot) or a down cut spiral (if it's a through slot) would do the trick. Just get the diameter you require for the width of the slot.

A down cut spiral will reduce the top showing edge to 'fray' and keep it looking neat n tidy but if it's not a through slot it would pack the sawdust at the bottom of the slot increaing the chance of burning.

These will both give you a half inch deep slot.

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Thanks Vindaloo! Very helpful.

Any suggestions on a router to buy. Would be probably the only thing I would be using it for is to cut these slots.

Here is a pic of one finishing today.

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