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I joined this forum a while ago to get some ideas for building a router table, so this introduction is a bit late. I still haven't found time to build the table I planned, so over the holiday I knocked up something more rudimentary... very rudimentary, see attached pics! Just a 24" x 13.5" MDF board (wider would be nicer but that was the offcut I had), a couple of 2x2 stiffeners underneath and the squarest bit of 3x2 spruce I could find as a fence.

On my first try using it, I snapped off a 1/4" straight bit after cutting about 2ft of a 1/4" deep groove. Not sure why - maybe feeding too fast? Finished the cut with another bit without any further problems.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2012, 08:44 AM
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Greetings and welcome to the Router Forums, we are glad to have you join us.

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Looks good, I think You are right feeding too fast could cause the bit to snap off, also too deep of a cut will do it... Lucky You were not hit by the bit. Stay safe

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Welcome. Does sound like forcing the bit to fast thru material caused breakage. There's not much meat on a 1/4" bit.

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Forcing the wood through a bit too fast can cause it to dull prematurely, overheat, and become brittle. This is less of an issue with high quality bits but is still a concern.
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Thanks all for the welcomes and advice. Looks like I'll have to be more cautious with the feeding speed. I guess it'll just take a little time to get the feel of it compared to hand-held routing.
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