Trying to make handheld magnifying glass holder. Not sure best way to cut groove in handle to hold the glass. Picture attached of photo I found. Was thinking slot cutter on router table but wondering if there is a safer way possibly with handheld foredom and bit?
Welcome to the forum, Fitz.
I don't know why, but, I seem to always go outside of all the obvious suggestions. I would experiment with a slot cutter and bearings on similar material until I got I got what I needed, then go to the project. A template of the hole size will minimize most mistakes. If you haven't cut the handle yet, I would make the slot first and work around it. (some hand-tooling may be required). Like David noted - working on a "flat" surface will be much easier than after the handle is cut to shape and rounded over.
Note: Router bits are available without bearings so that you can add your own size. Bearings are also sold separately.
Cut the shape out but leave the sides flat. Use the slot cutter with bearing, preferably in the table. Then carve the curves, with a roundover bit. If the handle is 3/4 thick, use a 3/8ths roundover.
I think I would cut the blank with a U shape, slot that, then on a band saw, cut the V shaped portion out, then roundover. A good sanding and nice finish on the outside. A very light application of glue in the slot will hold the lens in place, but not too much or it will squeeze out and show.
Looks like a fun project, an interesting yuletide gift.
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