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Hello folks, today Bob and Rick Rosendahl are going to show us how to make a coat rack which has pegs in it and a shape of a heart around the pegs. This is a tricky project as the cutting will have to be done according to the pattern else it will damage the other parts of the coat rack. Rick will also answer questions about how to have equally spaced hearts on a long board. Along with that on episode number 205 we will be learning about shop made jigs, how to make design cuts, drilling center holes with your router and how to make equally spaced patterns. Let us now watch Bob to see how he makes the coat rack for us.

Bob has a plain board for this project on which he has placed indexing marks to indicate where the hearts will be cut into shape. Bob also has a jig which has a pattern. The pattern slides into the jig with the backside having two cleats, which fit into the router table holding it into place without moving it around. The material to be cut can be slid in and out of the jig to get in line the indexing marks which have been made to cut the patterns out. Bob explains that there are several methods by which you can index the board in a proper way. However, Bob has used the simplest of them and just put lines across the board and has centered the two points of the heart along the indexing line.

For this project, Bob is using a plunge type router with a plunging type Bit. The bit does not have a pilot on the end and is a plunge round over bit. Bob also inserts a 1-inch diameter guide into the router which provides enough clearance on the outside of the bit. Bob also sets the depth of the bit after pushing the router down flush in the board and setting the depth to 3/8th of an inch. Bob informs us that there is going to be a lot of debris while cutting the pattern which could damage the Center of the heart. Therefore, it is important for us to do one-half of the heart and clean the debris before going ahead with the other half. Bob is now ready to make the first cut.

Bob cuts through the first half of the heart and stops for a moment to clean the debris. As he has a perfect cut as always he continues on the project but not before providing information that it is important for us to always move the router from the right to the left when carrying out such tasks. The first pattern has been cut and looks really good and therefore, Bob moves on to the next indexing line to get the second pattern cut. Bob begins at the top of the indexing line and always stops once at the bottom to have the debris removed before beginning again to finish another cut. Carrying on in this manner Bob finishes cutting all the patterns on the board which as usual have come out nicely under his expert eyes.

Bob then removes the board from the jig which he sets aside and informs us that the board still needs to have holes drilled into the heart for the pegs to be held and the outside edge which needs to be done. Bob is using a beading bit on the sides which will make a real nice corner on the board. Bob is starting by doing the end grain first and then moving along the side of the board. This whole procedure will be carried out until the entire board has nice corners on all four sides. The beading bit is going to leave a bottom-line and a top line on the board and has been set to the depth required by Bob. Bob has a fence around the router bit which he fixes on the router table with clamps. Bob switches on power and does the end grain of the board first before moving to the sides. One full circle around all four sides of the board and we see a nice edge on the board making it look a lot better than before. Bob then hands over the project to Rick, who will be showing us how to drill holes into the hearts using a router.

Rick is going to use a spiral bit along with a router to drill the holes into the hearts that had been cut by Bob. The diameter of the spiral bit is half inch, which works very well for the pegs that have to be inserted into the board. Rick fits the spiral bit into a plunge type router getting it ready for the drilling. Rick is going to use another jig, which is slightly different from the one used earlier by Bob. This one has a little space between the material that fits into the jig to let the debris flow out when cutting the wood. Rick also gives information about how the board can be set in a way to have holes drilled at the center of the heart without making any errors. Rick sets the depth of the router to half an inch which will be the size of the hole to be drilled into the board. Rick also has pins in the jig which will hold the router base into place allowing him to drill through without having to move the router around.

After plunging in the first hole Rick moves the board and indexes the next pattern which needs a hole to be cut. The whole job is over within a matter of minutes with Rick getting to the center of the heart every time he pushes the router down.

Bob and Rick Rosendahl stress on the importance of remembering to index your cuts, always keeping the guide tight with the pattern, moving the router in the right direction and leaving space between the stock and pattern to clear chips.

This was a tricky project to start with but turned out to be pretty easy in the end coming from the expert guidance of Bob and Rick Rosendahl. I certainly enjoyed this episode of the video series and hope that you will enjoy reading this material as well. I will see you soon again with another episode of the video series from The Router Workshop.

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