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I made my grandson an outside toy box for his 1st birthday.

I used 5/4 treated deck boards and applied 5 coats of clear acrylic, both inside and out. There is about a 1/8" gap between boards to allow the dirt and water to drain.

Look at his name......forget that the "O" letters are not round.....my belly is but not the letters! LOL

My dilemma was with the letter "P" in his name. The material had deep embedded grains that would sometimes force my bit to push off in another direction.....in this case, into the letter.

Short of using clamped on guides, do any of you have a suggestion on combating this issue? I use a Rigid trim router for my letters and I really like it. Maybe in this type of wood I need to use a "heavier" router. That way maybe it would be harder for the grains to force the bit to wonder off line.

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Look at his name......forget that the "O" letters are not round.....my belly is but not the letters! LOL

My dilemma was with the letter "P" in his name. The material had deep embedded grains that would sometimes force my bit to push off in another direction.....in this case, into the letter.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for the input!
deeply knife score the outline and climb cut...
since it's an out door box in a month or so you'll never see what you believe to be issues..

side note...
watch your child for PT splinters... it's possible that they could go septic because of a reaction to the ACQ...
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Thanks Stick!

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Frank; you may have problems with the finish bonding. Apparently ACQ lumber is supposed to be weathered for a year before stains an/or finishes are applied. Some kind of chemical incompatibility (?).
Nice job on the toy box...Cooper won't ever notice, unless you tell him!
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The wood is not quite a year old.....maybe 9 months or so. It's left over from replacing the deck flooring. I put down the new decking down at the start of last summer. Hopefully it will hold up.

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Hi Frank. I seem to recall Dave Rhoten demonstrating a slightly deeper cut around the outside of his letters to prevent that from happening when he did the background cut. I have no idea what episode that was in but if I find it I will share it here. Essentially he was doing with his router what stick said about a deep knife score.

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Ray, that problem occurred when I was cutting out the letters. For once I resisted the urge to correct it.......for fear of making it worse......i.e. shorter than the other letters.

I need to trust my abilities to make larger swirls when cutting out the background, I'm making the cuts too shallow and smaller than they need to be.....which takes longer.

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Frank I don't see a problem and if you don't say anything, no one else will either. Nice job.
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Frank a heavier router will probably also mean a more powerful router which can also make it harder to control when it wants to wander around. The only thing I would suggest is that something like a DeWalt 611 which is only marginally more powerful but also has handles might be a little easier to control because of the different ergonomics.

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Frank I don't see a problem and if you don't say anything, no one else will either. Nice job.
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My thoughts exactly.

The tapered carving bits make it a little easier to control.

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