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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Default HELP! Messed up my router top

After recovering from my label glue fiasco, I cut out the inset as per the Pop Wood video. Where I messed up this time was the rabbiting. I bought a rabbit set from Woodcraft. Made a few test cuts to get the depth and width correct and went to it.

Surprise, surprise! The corners came out as very large radius (plural?). No way was the plate going to fit so I chipped away with a chisel until it got in. Now, it's butt ugly and has seams showing. Also, I used 1/2" MDF as "guides." Using a 1/4" bit, I didn't have enough depth to get all the way thru so I switched to a 1/2." Most 1/4" bits seem to have a max cutting depth of 1" so I don't know how one is supposed to make this cut with a 1/4." Oh well.

If at first you don't succeed...

I'm going to pick up the Rousseau template as soon as Woodcraft opens and get another melamine top from HD. I guess all rabbits are not created equal, so to speak.

I'm curious what bit was used in the video as it certainly was not the one I used.

I don't mind screwing this up as it's a good learning experience.


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Don't fret too much, Burt. We've all made goofs like this. It does, however, underscore the benefit of thinking through procedures in detail - that is, if I follow procedure x, using tool y, and bit z, what will the result be, and where are the possible problem areas that might result.

When in-letting a plate, you can work from the outside inward, or from the inside (the inner edge of the rabbet) outward. When I did my current table, knowing where I sometimes have router-control problems, I decided to work from the outside (where the edge of the plate will fit) inward, using a template and guide bushing. To get a good fit in the corner, depending on the template being used, a bit with the same, or smaller, radius as the corners of the plate is required. Using a smaller bit requires that the template have rounded corners, concentric to the radius of the plate's corners.

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Hey Burt. that top should give you two chances. No one ever peeked under my first table to laugh at my first attempt. Just flip it over and have another go at it.


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Hi Burt - frankly, I have never quite understood some of the recommendations for using a rabbetting bit for this job, most I've seen have a fairly large radius and most plates I've seen are 1/4" radius or so. Personally, I think the method of using a 1/2" flush trim makes the most sense to me, no template needed. Just position the plate where you want it, surround it with 3/4 MDF strips and have at it with a 1/2" pattern trim bit. When you get the resulting groove to the right depth, cut out the middle. You can cut the center out with anything, circular saw, jig saw, sawzall, router......etc. Much as I like the router it's not the only tool in the box. JMHO

PS - 1/2" trim bit is an example - figure out the radius on your plate and select a bit accordingly.

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Not all rabbetting bits are made the same way, some are small in diam. 1" OD..( I have one of the blue ones from Rockler) most are 2" OD or more....but it's easy to sand the plate just a little bit to get that nice fit..


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