Fairly a beginner...been using routers for mainly cutting groves for making some frames etc ... very infrequently for a couple of years. This is my first 'real' project - my 'lockdown' project is to do a armoire/dresser with hardwood (Red Oak) on the Drawer fronts and doors, and it is my first time using such a wide router bit, so I am fairly certain I am making mistakes also...
In preparation for this project, I upgraded my old 1 1/4 HP router to the 2 1/4 Bosch 1617 router a couple of months ago.
The current setup:
Material : Red Oak 3/4"
The Router table itself is a Bosch 1181,
Router Bits: Freud 97-254 Ogee Raised Panel Bit.
The Router: Bosch 1617 2 1/4 HP
Fence: The original router table fence
Speed setting (1) : 8000RP
Regular right-left direction, not trying anything fancy.
I had hoped that the 2 1/4 HP Bosch 1617 (even if it was the bare minimum recommended HP for the bit) would be sufficient if I make the cuts in very small increments, but I found that was not the case.
Initially, I had fair amount of success routing one door with the bit showing only 1/16 from the plate and then raising the height over about 8 steps to bring complete it. I figured 8 steps is a bit too much so I changed the way I was trying to route the 2nd door.
For the 2nd door, I left the bit at its full height, and moved the fence in front of the bit until it is cutting only a portion of the material, and then was going to move the fence back until it is flush with the bearing in about 4 steps. The very first cut was having issues...even as small as 1/8th of an inch.
I tried both reducing my feed speed and increasing it... not a lot of difference... and a couple of times the bit almost stopped rotating ... which was a bit scary / weird.
Last edited by 123rp123; 04-11-2020 at 01:21 AM.