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I am interested to know if there is an easy way to mount a table router so that the potruding bit is at an angle. Perhaps by placing some washers on the mounting screws on one side. If there is a specific model where this can be done easier than other models, I'd like to know.

To give some background on my use case, I need to cut some staves so I can make a drumshell, kinda like a wood barrel. The wood stave edges need to be at a very specific angle. For example for a 16 stave drum shell,the angle needs to be 11.25 degrees . . . . so that 16 * 2 * 11.25 = 360 degrees, i.e. my round drum shell . . . . of course in deer need of lathing at that point. For a 24 stave drum, 7.5 degrees . . . etc etc

I plan to buy a Beal Tilt Box to get my incline right.

Any help is appreciated. I know that a table saw would work well in this case, but I want to stay away from table saws.

. . . of and hi everyone . . . this is my first post and I've never held a router in my hands, but I do my best at following directions

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Why do you want to stay away from table saw? Would work good for what you want to do. Sommerfeld Tools has a bit set that might be what you want if you want to use router. It's on page 5 of their bit sets. Use these with Router table & fence. Not freehand. Here's a link below. There are other brands as well. I don't know how thick your stock is but some of the trim routers have a tilt base available such as the Bosch Colt & the Porter Cable. If it is a straight piece of wood with no joint just an angled straight cut I would look into a table saw. Fast & efficient.

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Instead of trying to tilt the router why not make a wedge the exact angle you want and clamp it to the table? Now all you have to do is run the piece by the bit on the wedge and you have your exact angle. Once you have the wedge you don't have to worry about resetting the angle all the time.

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Oh, table saw . . . . it's a funny story. My brother-in-law is a doctor. I get to hear a lot of stories of people coming in with table saw accident injuries. Some are minor, some are pretty bad, and he doesn't even get to see the disaster cases that are carried by ambulance straight into emergency room. I just ended up being very reluctant to get a table saw.

As far as what I use, it will be solid woodfloor, mostly mahogany. It's good, clean starting material. 3" wide, 3/4 deep is what I am looking at . . . . most staves will end up being 2" to 2 1/2" wide, anywhere from 4" to 30" long, most probably 7.5 degree edge (more like 82.5 degrees . . )

I will look into making some wedges . . . there is just no end to these angles.

Thanks for the advice!

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True the tablesaw can be a dangerous tool but so can the router with a spinning bit if not carefull. I knew someone that plugged in the router while holding it against his stomach. The switch was on. It didn't leave to clean of an edge. This was someone who uses a router often. There is some danger to any power tool. Just keep alert & aware while using them.

There are sets of bits that do what you are asking. They route a birdsmouth profile.

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Hi James

You can mount Bosch Colt upside down in your router table and use it for any angle (0 to 45 deg.) you want to use it on, I have one mounted in a small table just for small jobs like that.

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I should note,,you can get LONG 1/4" shank bits up to 4" long, with or without bearing on them..the ones I have are 3/8" diam. cutters

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To give some background on my use case, I need to cut some staves so I can make a drumshell, kinda like a wood barrel. The wood stave edges need to be at a very specific angle. For example for a 16 stave drum shell,the angle needs to be 11.25 degrees . . . . so that 16 * 2 * 11.25 = 360 degrees, i.e. my round drum shell . . . . of course in deer need of lathing at that point. For a 24 stave drum, 7.5 degrees . . . etc etc

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Wouldn't you find it easier just to use cutters with specific angles?

Elite do them.

Caterogy : Router Bit Set
# Product : 81-005C
Resume : 5 PC Chamfer Router Bit Set " Shank
Description :
Shank 1/2
This router bit set will allow to create uniform chamfer and add character to edges on any work piece.

5 router bits in attractive aluminum case:

Angle : 11.25, 15, 22.5, 30, 45,4, 8, 12 or 18 sides
Price : 29.24 $

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I think the Bosch Colt is the closest to what I am looking for. With a 4" long bit, I can cut for any drum shell thickness that may be required.

I have seen the elite chamfer router bits, but I have some use for not-so-standard angles and that's why I was leaning towards a configurable tilt mechanism.

Thanks again for all the help and suggestions!! I am really glad I found this place

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Welcome, Cosmin, I am glad you found us also. There is great information from knowledgeable people. most of them like to share information. So, Welcome: will hope to be able to talk again. Would like to see the finished stave , or shell you complete. Stay warm, and enjoy a blessed holiday.

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