Hogging out a 2" x 32" in Walnut


     I'm building a table with a mission style. I need to cut out 3 open slot in a 14" board. I built a template with MDF and planning to use a flush trim router bit that is 3/4 bit with a 1/2 shank. I drilled a 1" pilot hole to start cutting with the process. I did one but wondered if this is best way to remove a cutout.
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I would much prefer to use a pattern bit or spiral or straight bit with a bushing guide. The approach you described requires that you do a full depth cut with the flush trim bit because of the bearing following the pattern. The approaches I described allow you to make multiple shallow passes with less problems with tearout or burning.
Bob
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How big is your cutout? How thick is your board? It seems to me like a jigsaw would be a good way to go. If you don't have one, maybe you can drill more pilot holes and chisel out between them. It seems like making the entire cut would be pretty hard on your router and bit unless you make a rough cut to close dimensions first. Start with a jigsaw or scrollsaw, just inside your line, and clean it up with your router using your template? Andy
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Thanks for both suggestions. I knew there had to be a better way then using the router bit alone.
The cutout is 2"x32"x3/4" x 3

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Creekbuster wrote:

Perhaps I'm not quite picturing what you need to do correctly, but maybe 'hogging out' isn't the easiest approach. Could you instead glue up several boards, leaving out the voids?
-John in NH
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I'm trying to built a sliding table for my wife for a couch. It's like a hospital bed tray table with one top and bottom and only one side. It also has a mission style to the one side so I needed the open slots in the side only. I thought about cutting the slots and then glueing the boards up which I guess would have been a better way. I hope I'm making this clearer Thanks again
it is clearer

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