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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-03-2016, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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I am replacing my old wooden patio planks with new Veranda composite decking that I got free from a relative when he bought to much. They have a 3/16th wide groove that is cut into both sides, lengthwise of each board and then fasteners go into each groove at the joists and are screwed in and then the next board gets slid onto the fastener to make a total flat surface free of screw holes. The problem is that 8 of the 21 planks do not have these grooves. So I bought my first router table and router from Sears (small table) and got the appropriate bit. Works great, but the planks are so long it is almost impossible for two people to walk this plank through and keep it up against the fence. Is there a guide that would ride along the top of the boards and allow me to put this groove in with the router sideways??? While not on the table? I was thinking I could clamp the boards over hanging a bench or railing.
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There are 2 ways to machine something. You either take the work to the tool as you are trying to do, or you take the tool to the work which is usually done when the work is big and hard to handle. If the bit has a bearing you can do it freehand with just router. If it doesn't do it freehand using an edge guide or a straight edge clamped onto the boards.

The other option is to build infeed and out feed platforms to help support the pieces on the table.

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take the router to the work and use a bearing guided slotting cutter...

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that is what I need! cool. I had a feeling all these free board were gonna cost me! but free boards (at $50 bucks a board) is hard to pass up!! saved $1050 bucks.
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Feather boards, my man, feather boards.
Another option if you are using the router table is to set up horizontal and vertical feather boards on the fence and table. Also need a support on both the infeed and outfeed sides of the table.

All good suggestions above.

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that is what I need! cool. I had a feeling all these free board were gonna cost me! but free boards (at $50 bucks a board) is hard to pass up!! saved $1050 bucks.
Oh, goody...someone has money that we can help spend...
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Oh, goody...someone has money that we can help spend...
yur too late...

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He'll probably spend the saved money for a bar-b-que to put on the deck. And maybe a few patio lanterns.

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How wide are the boards. Could you use an edge guide with the cutter Stick recommends?

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How wide are the boards. Could you use an edge guide with the cutter Stick recommends?
that cutter has a bearing...
edge guide included...

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