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I am using a 3/4 core box bit, and need to route about 13 1/2 inches, stop and skip an area about 1 1/2 inches, then router another 3 1/2 and I am done..what is the best way to mark on the top of the router table lines so I know where the leading and trailing edge of the bit is located. figured just tape and a marker, but seems when I draw out the lines from the bit to the table top, they do not equal 3/4 inches?....tks in advance...Dennis
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I am using a 3/4 core box bit, and need to route about 13 1/2 inches, stop and skip an area about 1 1/2 inches, then router another 3 1/2 and I am done..what is the best way to mark on the top of the router table lines so I know where the leading and trailing edge of the bit is located. figured just tape and a marker, but seems when I draw out the lines from the bit to the table top, they do not equal 3/4 inches?....tks in advance...Dennis
The simplest way for me is to just mark the left and right edge of the bits cutting profile on a piece of masking tape. Mark the start and stop points on the workpiece.

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If you do the cuts as 2 separate operations, you can set your stops on the fence, do one cut. Set up for the second and cut. It takes time, but you can be sure of your start and end with a pair of stop blocks at each side of the bit.
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figured just tape and a marker, but seems when I draw out the lines from the bit to the table top, they do not equal 3/4 inches?....tks in advance...Dennis
Sorry, didn't read your post closely enough. I use masking tape on the table but I use a combination square to mark the lead/trail. Turn the bit so you are sure to catch the cutting edges.
Stop might work ok for the short cut but I would run out of a place to hang a stop on the 13" one.
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My Incra fence has a lonnnnnnng extension stop.
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Hi Dennis. I find the easy way is to use a square and mark the start and stop on the tape and then extend it to the fence. Hope this helps.. Woodnut65
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I would definitely agree with Mike on this one. Using stops guarantees perfect, repeatable cuts. Using the masking tape/combination square technique leaves a little wiggle room for mistakes to happen.
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If you dont have stops, clamp some wood to the fence or table, in the right place. Stops work and are an easy solution.
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Start and stop marks on both your work piece and your fence is just as accurate. Time wise, setup for both ways,(Stop blocks), are equal.

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Clamp some scrap stock to the fence for stop blocks,make all the long runs and then reset the stop blocks and make all the short runs..they will all come out just right..and all the same...

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I am using a 3/4 core box bit, and need to route about 13 1/2 inches, stop and skip an area about 1 1/2 inches, then router another 3 1/2 and I am done..what is the best way to mark on the top of the router table lines so I know where the leading and trailing edge of the bit is located. figured just tape and a marker, but seems when I draw out the lines from the bit to the table top, they do not equal 3/4 inches?....tks in advance...Dennis



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