router and router table question

Is it possible to use a router table with the fence set back several inches from the bit and using the bit, a 3/16 straight cutter to rip down some phenolic sheet into strips ???
I am going to fabricate a metal table top and mount the router in the center and just use a piece of heavy sheet metal angle as a fence. I will mount the fence with bolts as this is a one time use....
I once had a router table years and years ago and didnt use it much but for playing around. And I dont remember having the fence away from the bit several inches as I need to have it now.
Anyhow, what I am planning is to mount the router in the center and will bolt the fence down to the rear of the router and feed in from the right to left. I hate to ask such a stupid question but the phenolic I have is limited and I dont want to have to waste any more than neccesary getting familiar with my setup.
any replies or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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You can do this. I don't know how well the high-speed router will cut the phenolic. You might want a larger bit, too. I wouldn't want that small a bit taking a full-depth cut in one pass.
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seems to me that you would be wasting a lot of phenolic as compared to a table saw cutting it into strips.
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Do you have a table saw or band saw? Given the stink factor, that is how I would cut it.
Router would probably work OK, but a 3/16" kerf is large and can be avoided. Ed
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (cornytheclown) wrote:

Possible, yes. Safe, no. Practical, no.
It's not too safe to pass stock between the bit and the fence, as this leaves the entire bit exposed. One slip, and you could wind up routing a 3/16" groove through your hand.
And why use a router with a 3/16" cutter as a saw? Seems to me this might be a case of "if the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail". Do you not have access to a table saw or a band saw? It makes *much* more sense to use a saw. Then use the router to trim the edges smooth.
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All the more reason for using a saw, which removes less material -- and cuts in a single pass, too.
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cornytheclown wrote:

A router isn't a good tool for this job. Consider finding a neighbor with a bandsaw. The bandsaw will do the job well and safely, and will waste much less of your phenolic.
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Formica (~1/16 thick) will tolerate a wide kerf cut on the router table with a solid carbide cutter. Anything thicker or with HSS will not work for very long. WOuld band saw if tablesaw unavailable. Routers can cut phenolic/lam (>1/16)but the power required is high and it has to one of the hardestthings on a turning carbide bit. http://www.patwarner.com (Routers) ******************************************************

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