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I want to route a rectangular groove around the perimeter of a box lid and then inlay a border. How to make this cut???

Micro Fence has a $400 solution, I am looking for something much more reasonable
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I want to route a rectangular groove around the perimeter of a box lid and then inlay a border. How to make this cut???

Micro Fence has a $400 solution, I am looking for something much more reasonable
are you looking to make the cut on the top of box???
how wide of a slot and will the cut have all straight lines or will they have shape or profile...
do have a table saw???

what is your experience level w/ a router...

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I want to route a rectangular groove around the perimeter of a box lid and then inlay a border. How to make this cut???

Micro Fence has a $400 solution, I am looking for something much more reasonable
let's assume you want to inlay the edge...

use a slot cutter to cut the groove...
depth of cut is controlled by the diameter of the bearing (there are a bazillion different diameters) and the width of the cut by the cutter...

note:
the more teeth the wing has the better the cut...
I'm partial to Freud...

Freud Slot Cutting Router Bit - justfreud.com
Freud Tools | 5 Piece Ball Bearing Set
CMT Rabbeting Bit Bearing Set - Mike's Tools

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I want to route a rectangular groove around the perimeter of a box lid and then inlay a border. How to make this cut???

Micro Fence has a $400 solution, I am looking for something much more reasonable
let's assume you want to inlay the the face...

assuming you have a table saw..
take a piece of scrap ans cut a rectangle out of the interior w/ your table saw by plunge cutting....
allow for your bushing size to get the net size of cut/inlay grove...
clamp this template to the lid and then route your grove...

if you do not want to plunge cut cut a rectangle piece sized to fit and double stick it to the lid...

note;
when you plunge cut w/ a TS make sure you use a hold down feather board so that the piece doesn't raise/lift up when you raise the blade into your material...
also oversize the the template so your router has an ample surface to ride on...
make sure you pattern is thick enough to accommodate the bushing...

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StewMac has what you need, same as we use to cut the binding ledge for a guitar, about $95 (works great for me, btw) - Binding Router Bit Set

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StewMac has what you need, same as we use to cut the binding ledge for a guitar, about $95 (works great for me, btw) - Binding Router Bit Set
isn't that bit for rabbets and not veining as in for string inlays...

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isn't that bit for rabbets and not veining as in for string inlays...
You are correct, Stick. I read his post too quickly.

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You are correct, Stick. I read his post too quickly.
but it sure does have a great array of bearings...

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I like the collar, cutter and templet.
But that requires the utmost attention and control.
It can be mastered, however, with good cutters and an afternoon of waste.

An edge guide and straight cutter is also an option.
But equally difficult to control and stop on a dime.

Stick has an important point with slotters. Straight cutters are not the tools of choice for shallow slots down & cross grain, slotters are a lot better. But you still have a difficult control problem, no matter how you employ the cutter.

The least risky method with the most control transfers the skill and experience issues to one of templet and set up. 2 templets, one for the inside (for collars), a square or rectangle, and one for the outside (a window templet to trap the collar pathway), is nearly risk free.
But making, testing, and fixturing the templets will take some serious time. Nuthin's easy (done well), but you see it all the time.
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I want to route a rectangular groove around the perimeter of a box lid and then inlay a border. How to make this cut???

Micro Fence has a $400 solution, I am looking for something much more reasonable
just so we don't mix up apples and oranges...
here's some clarification... which are we addressing....

Banding, or edgebanding, is the name of both a process and an associated narrow strip of material used to create durable and aesthetically pleasing trim edges during finish carpentry....

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an inlay is usually a filling consisting of a solid substance fitted to a cavity and cemented into place...


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String Inlays are decorative materials set into the wooden surface of something...


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is this what you have in mind...


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some tools...
Veritas® String Inlay Tool System - Lee Valley Tools

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