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Hi All, can someone tell me how to rout a design into a plain piece of pine to make it more attractive? I've began making a box for my wife to store our family photos & would like to dress it up a little.It's to be 44x44x16 cms pine & ply top & bottom.I could go & buy some from the store but would like to make it myself.
Theo @ JOAT has a great post on the Forum re box decoration but most are too elaborate for my standard of workmanship.I just want to apply a little fancy trim which I could do on my router table.Thanks in advance,James.jj777746
 

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Couldnt be simpler.
Any shaped cutter will work. If your box is dead square then just adjust the fence as far away from the wood as the cutter needs. If the box is curved or shaped then you need a bottom bearing guided cutter.

Remember that a router table has everything upside down. So a bottom bearing, once in a table, is now a top bearing. Turn your wood upside down, adjust the bearing so it tracks firmly along the bottom edge of the wood, and just run it along.

Practice on scrap, it needs a steady speed to stop the wood from burning in places.
 

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Theo @ JOAT has a great post on the Forum re box decoration but most are too elaborate for my standard of workmanship.I just want to apply a little fancy trim which I could do on my router table.Thanks in advance,James.jj777746
I do? Sure don't recall anything like that. Can you post the link to the thread?
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Hi Theo,I've been searching for the box decoration post & cant find it.Could have sworn it was from you,but I've been wrong before.If I do find it I'll certainly post the link to you.
Btw,have you finished the Grumpy Turtle walking stick?Wasn't too much wrong with the original design I thought.Best wishes,James.
 

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James if you are talking about adding edging to a plywood top then just use wider banding and then you can rout profiles on it. You can also use a different type of wood for the edge banding or stain some other color. When gluing edge banding onto plywood or melamine board I like to glue the panel once and then wait a few minutes and then add a little more glue before I add the banding. Those materials are very porous and they tend to suck too much water out of the first application and leave a weak joint.
 
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Hi Theo,I've been searching for the box decoration post & cant find it.Could have sworn it was from you,but I've been wrong before.If I do find it I'll certainly post the link to you.
Btw,have you finished the Grumpy Turtle walking stick?Wasn't too much wrong with the original design I thought.Best wishes,James.
Might well be someone else, because unless I posted a link to something, which I also don't recall, probably someone else. No biggie.

The Grumpy Turtle is done. Almost. LOL It is done, except for the markings on the shell, still not come up with anything that makes me happy. However, been googling a lot of images, doing a lot of sketching, and think I have it almost worked out. But now that you mentioned it, It just hit me, I can just go ahead and make a master of it, and worry about the markings later. I've got a plan. Hehehe Thanks.
 
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& all of a sudden I have a blank page after typing for half an hour mainly to thank Bob & Charles, & anyone else who would like to add more,for their advice.All the best,Jamesjj
 
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