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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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I would like to what the best router bit would be for edge jointing on my table mounted router.

I need to edge joint some 3/8" thick red oak.

I have a Hitachi KM12VC router and a Bosch RA1181 table. Bosch supplied some 1/16" spacers for jointing.

I do not have a jointer.

We have a small shop in the senior residence I live in and not much space for big power tools.
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Hi Ed and welcome. Normally you just use a straight bit with the fence and it sounds like you are already aware of offsetting the outfeed. I would use at least a 3/4" D bit but my feelings are that bigger is better. 1/16" may be too big a bite. A 32nd or less may be better. Plastic playing cards make good shims for the outfeed as they are very uniform in thickness.
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I use pieces of card wedged behind the outfeed fence, the kind that you get as a backing card on notebooks. Thats a half mm thick and it works a treat.
I also would think 1/16" would be a big bite for oak. Multiple passes at a thinner setting will be less stressful on the machine and the bit.
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I've used a piece of laminate behind the outfeed fence and found that that is a good thickness for removal of material - a small piece the length of the outfeed fence shouldn't be too hard to scrounge.

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Hi All,

I was worried about taking a 1/16" cut and will something about 1/32". Thank for the advice. I have used a hand held router in the past but am new to a table mounted router. My router fits the table very well. I used the table for making some drawer sides, worked great.

I have a MCLS 3/4" bit which I will use.

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Some pointers. And I would keep the waste to within 1/32" too. It takes a lot of power to waste a full thickness.
I'd be using 2.5-3.25HP at full speed.
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