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I have some 1-7/8 inch thick Walnut that I would like to shape with a long straight patten/template bit with a bearing using a hardboard template. All I have now is a 1/4" 1 HP router & table that I know will not work. Have you any suggestions as to size of router or bits that might do this or is it even possible?

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Welcome to the forum, Steve. They like that open ended kind of question here. There will be a lot of good advice headed your way very soon.

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Welcome Steve. Your router would probably do it if you can find a bit long enough in 1/4" and you take a light pass. A 2 hp or about 12 amp router would be better. Something like a Bosch 1617.

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Welcome to the forum. What you are asking should work assuming you cut the piece to very close to finish size and take light passes. I have not looked to see if you can find a bit that long but once you cut so far you can remove the pattern and use the work piece as the pattern.
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once you cut so far you can remove the pattern and use the work piece as the pattern.
Exactly. You are going to have to take MANY passes to get down to the depth you are looking for.

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. . . if you can find a bit long enough in 1/4" and you take a light pass. A 2 hp or about 12 amp router would be better. Something like a Bosch 1617.
That seems to be a big if. Searched for one and got cross eyed looking for 1/4" shank Nada for me 2" cutting length seems a bit much for a 1/4" shank Can anyone find one. Maybe you can use a 1/4" straight bit long enough and use a bushing along the template. But I can't find a bit long enough

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couldn't find one either...
recommend a Bosch 1617 and a ˝''shank...

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Can you use two templates, one on each side of your piece and route from both sides - that will reduce the distance to 1/2 of the depth each way. The only issue is getting your templates lined up.
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That seems to be a big if. Searched for one and got cross eyed looking for 1/4" shank Nada for me 2" cutting length seems a bit much for a 1/4" shank Can anyone find one. Maybe you can use a 1/4" straight bit long enough and use a bushing along the template. But I can't find a bit long enough
I would suspect that they can't be found either. Too much flex at that length. You have to be careful with 1/2" bits that long.

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Welcome to the router forum.
find yourself a 1/4" flush cut straight bit with top and bottom bea straight bed with top and bottom bearing and cut from both sides,
Freud 50-501 Top & Bottom Bearing Flush Trim Bits 1/4-Inch shank Features Freuds TiCo? Hi-Density Carbide with Titanium

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