I am building a cabinet and screwed up. I forgot to rout the recess for the
backpanel before assembling it. I normally do that with a straight bit on a
router table; but I guess I was too eager to see it assembled.
Okay, no big deal; I used the rabbet bit off my rail and stile cutter. It
happens to be exactly the right size. If it wasn't for having to chisel out
the corners and around the shelves, it might even be a better solution than
a straight bit on a router table. Or so I thought.
I set it for 1/8" deep (3/8" wide) and did it. It smoked so badly I had to
take it outside. I did the other 1/8" in 3 passes, and even then it smoked
I don't understand why. I have cut many rabbets with it as part of the rail
and stile cutter without any smoking (sometimes in one pass); why now? The
only difference is that before the router was mounted in a table and now was
by hand, but I can't see why that would matter. I went real
slowwwlllllyyyyy, but it didn't help. (all red oak)
Okay, it is an old 1hp router, but it does the r&s just fine.
Any ideas would be appreciated, for future reference.