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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I have been playing with scraps for the last couple of weeks learning the different router bits I have. I started off today with making the face frame for a bookcase I am building. I got all the pieces cut, pocket holes drilled, the got the table set up to use the tounge & groove bits. I first cut the groove on the side pieces that were 2 1/2" wide, no problems, vac system worked great, then went to cut the 5" wide pieces starting in a little to miss the pocket holes, well thats when I found out how well my vac system works,it sucked the wood into the fence when I got about 1/2" away, it happened so fast & this is the first time I have used a piece this wide, the wood hit the blade & kicked back, bad thing was I was holding the end of the wood with my finger tips & got hit by the blade, thankfully it was just a nick, learned what not to do next time.

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Hi Don.

My guess is that the gap between to infeed fence and the cutting edge was too much and the cutter grabbed the workpiece and dragged it in, not the vac.

Can you move the infeed side of the fence closer in and make a zero clearance ?

This is what happens when you use a bearing guided cutter on the table without a safety/starter pin.

It happens so quick that you thought it was still 1/2" away.

Glad to hear there were no serious injuries......

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Hey James, went back, turned the vac on with out the router running & it sucked the board in, the infeed side was barely touching the bit, was running the board vertical.

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Hey James, went back, turned the vac on with out the router running & it sucked the board in, the infeed side was barely touching the bit, was running the board vertical.
OK Don.

Thanks for clearing that up.....

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OK James, took your advice & made a zero clearance adapter for my fence & it worked perfectly but I get a high pitch noise from the vac port going thru the small opening which is better than the alternative.

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Do you use a 4" vac system on the router table?

I only use my 4" chip collection system on the jointer and thickness planer.

For the router table I use a home vac and Triton dust bucket to collect the dust.

However, I do work out in an open car port.

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Just a shop vac.

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Don if you are going to start a board anywhere except at the end then you should probably be using a stop block on the infeed side. That will help prevent the router from throwing the piece when it makes sudden contact.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Charles, the piece I was using was 32" long for a base cabinet face frame, no problems with the 2 1/2" pieces run vertical as they did not cover the vac port like the 5" pieces did, did not have a problem with the other 3 pieces when I left the shop vac off.

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