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Routing advice required

Postby mabazza ritchie » 08 Jan 2018, 05:11

Good morning/middle of the night,

I am looking for some advice on routing with a Trend T11EK. My daughter wanted me to make 'bridges' for her, so I have laminated 6 strips of 3.6mm ply together around a steel former. The resulting shape is 900mm long by 300mm wide and about 22mm thick. The radius is about 200mm. I want to try and roundover the edges. I don't have a router table but could potentially get access to one.

Can anyone suggest how I could do this? My router was an impulse purchase - at £100 new!

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby DaveL » 08 Jan 2018, 09:35

Any chance you could post a picture of the laminated ply? I am have difficulty picturing the job.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby Phil » 08 Jan 2018, 09:37

MR, I would do it on the router table, easier and safer.
(Build one, a good longterm investment)

You could also do freehand.

Use a roundover bit with a bearing.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby mabazza ritchie » 08 Jan 2018, 10:23

Thanks for the replies so far. Attached should be a couple of photos.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby Rod » 08 Jan 2018, 11:47

Intriguing- what are they for?
How much rounding off do you want to achieve? If it’s just easing the edges then sand/glass paper should do.
If you need to use the router, a table is much safer making sure you cut in the correct direction.

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby Robert » 08 Jan 2018, 11:57

You mention the router was an impulse purchase but you don't say if you have cutters for it.
You will need a round over cutter which has the radius you want. It will have a a bearing on the tip that will run along the wood to control the sideways cut. You set the depth of cut with the plunge stop on the router. Apologies if stating the obvious but from the question I'm taking it you are new to this.

You could buy a cheap set of cutters in a box or a quality single cutter for around the same money. The set will have things you will never use but can be ok to learn with. Any cutter can break if you cut too heavy with it so be more cautious with cheap ones.

The cutter will follow the edge so you want the edge straight and smooth before you start.

The router in a table would be easier to control - the router stays still and you move the wood but your job looks do-able without one.

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby RogerS » 08 Jan 2018, 14:24

You could make a very basic but simple router 'table' by getting a piece of ply or MDF about 2-3 x the size of your router base. Drill one hole in it that is large enough for your cutter to go through. Then two more smaller holes that correspond to the two holes on the router base...the ones used for screwing in bearing guides. Fix the router, turn the whole lot upside down and fix the ply/MDF to you bench or something solid. Adjust the plunge depth until the router cutter is sticking out enough.

Lot easier than freehand.

Bit like this

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby mabazza ritchie » 08 Jan 2018, 20:10

Again, thank you all for the replies; a router was one of the tools I thought I would buy when I had a specific need, as they seemed to be a bit pricey, however, when I saw the Trend one at that price I didn't hesitate. As I am not carting it about to jobs it can stay in my workshop on a table (when I get/build one).

Rod - they are a Waldorf/Steiner education inspired 'toy'. The next project is a Pickler Triangle. The emphasis is on basic, wooden toys and leave the rest up to the kids, rather than plastic fantastic that does everything/makes every noise; so the kids don't have to use their imagination. That's the thought anyway!

I am looking for likes of a bullnose if i can but if not, a pencil roundover would be fine.

Robert - I am happy using most power tools safely however, the router is a new one on me. I don't want to end up like a relative of mine - missing two fingers :eusa-dance: ! I might splash out and go for one decent cutter I think. I had a look at sets and there are a lot that would never see the light of day.

RogerS - I will try giving something like this a go, but only if I can do a proper job of it as I don't want to get it wrong.

Does anyone have links to, or plans for a sturdy home made router table?

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby 9fingers » 08 Jan 2018, 21:20

A popular router table is the one built by Norm Abram in the new yankee workshop programme.
There will be a copy of the programme on youtube and somewhere I should have a copy of the plans.

PM me your email address and I'll see if I can find them.

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby Phil » 09 Jan 2018, 07:28

This was built based on a number of plans and then modified to what was available in the workshop.

http://abc4tt.servetown.com/RouterTable.html

9fingers wrote:A popular router table is the one built by Norm Abram in the new yankee workshop programme.
There will be a copy of the programme on youtube and somewhere I should have a copy of the plans.
PM me your email address and I'll see if I can find them.
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Bob I found my copy of "The New Yankee" plans Deluxe Router Station by Norm, so don't dig too deeply. MR can get them from me as well.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby mabazza ritchie » 09 Jan 2018, 10:53

Bob - thank you for the offer of the plans, to save you time hunting for them I have PM'd Phil with my email and will hopefully get them from him.

I need to sort out a decent table saw and feed table so i can then start making home made jigs/router table etc to make all these things much easier. I am currently using one of the discount brand table saws which i think is made from tinfoil or a tinfoil cardboard mix.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby 9fingers » 09 Jan 2018, 10:58

mabazza ritchie wrote:Bob - thank you for the offer of the plans, to save you time hunting for them I have PM'd Phil with my email and will hopefully get them from him.

I need to sort out a decent table saw and feed table so i can then start making home made jigs/router table etc to make all these things much easier. I am currently using one of the discount brand table saws which i think is made from tinfoil or a tinfoil cardboard mix.


OK no worries. I used to use a stand alone router table but it took up precious space. I now have moved my fixed router into the outfeed table on the table saw and found it a big advantage.

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Re: Routing advice required

Postby RogerS » 09 Jan 2018, 12:03

Yup...routers can be mounted usefully just about anywhere.

This secondhand Festool MFT (multifunction table) was my first workbench. Then modified to take a router. Angle iron underneath kept the top straight and not bow under the weight of the Triton.

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One thing to bear in mind with router tables is how easy is it to change the cutter. Can you wind everything up high enough to clear the table top or do you have to change the cutter underneath.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby mabazza ritchie » 10 Jan 2018, 19:59

RogerS - that is something I had never considered; how the router bit changes. I made the assumption that they would all be able to change from the top. Thanks for that!
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Routing advice required

Postby Rod » 11 Jan 2018, 00:42

I’ve got a RouterRaizer on mine, a lot cheaper than a router lift.
On my WoodRat I use an Extreme Extension.


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Re: Routing advice required

Postby RogerS » 11 Jan 2018, 08:32

Rod wrote:I’ve got a RouterRaizer on mine, a lot cheaper than a router lift.
On my WoodRat I use an Extreme Extension.


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A car scissor jack also works very well and is cheap.
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby mabazza ritchie » 11 Jan 2018, 14:48

So to all those who posted, thanks for the help! I think I need to practice using the router a bit more! ;) but the job is done now. I'm looking forward to attempting to build my router table!
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Re: Routing advice required

Postby Phil » 11 Jan 2018, 15:15

RogerS wrote:
Rod wrote:I’ve got a RouterRaizer on mine, a lot cheaper than a router lift.
On my WoodRat I use an Extreme Extension.


Rod


A car scissor jack also works very well and is cheap.



I have read about it, but scrooge would not buy one.
Scrooge also said that the very nice, with adjustable, top plates are not on the purchase horizon.
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