I've been doing a bit of template routing and realize the importance of
precisely roughing out the blank on the bandsaw. (jumbo shrimp
anyone?) What I'd like to do is set up two router tables with flush
trimming bits. For the first pass I'd use a standard 1/2" bit, but
with a bearing that's slightly oversized - say 17/32" - to leave the
blank just slightly proud of the template. I'd then take a final pass
on the other table with a 1/2" bit coupled with a 1/2" bearing.
Hopefully this would leave a very clean edge that would require only
I've googled a bit, but no luck so far. Thanks.
Since your talking Jumbo shrimp and I am just filling an order to go from Ky
to the gulf, I'll share my experience. I have tried what you are discussing
with the router bits and found that the band saw still is better and faster
then the router for the roughing out of the object. The finish cut with the
router does not seem to improve any whether you use the router to cut the
pattern out or the band saw to cut it out. Making the item a little proud
of the pattern and then recutting to size seemed to me to be just and extra
step that gave not extra benefit. On a lot of my work I go from band saw to
sander and skip the router all together. Please excuse typo I am getting
ready for a 2nd day at a craft show and have had little sleep for the past
Good luck but I kinda think you aren't going to have any luck. A
5/8-1/2 template guide would get you down close but not as close as
you want. You'd do better using a 1/2 bearing and a 1/2 bit ground
down as you wish. Here's a link to lots of bearings...
Your concept is something I live x. A finish cut is key to near perfect
cuttings but not with 1/2 cutters. They're flimsy as hell, deflect and
wear out fast, especially the long ones. Look for bigger cutters and
bearings. I would also select the finish cut bearing /cutter diameter
yield @ ~1/32. Very light cuts will produce more chatter.
A 17/32 bearing OD is possible (not a standard off the shelf item) ,
machinists can sleeve a standard R-4 to any practical diameter.
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