I am making a box lid out of goncalo alves. There will be a rabbet on all
four sides so it sits down in the box. Normally I would rout it, but this
wood is really tough; planning it took 10 times as many passes as oak would.
I hate to think how long it will take to rout a large rabbet.
I was thinking about cutting it out on the table saw, but I am concerned
about how stable it will be on the cut in from the side. It is an expensive
piece of wood with some time into it already, and I would hate to have it
wobble going through the saw.
So, I think I will make one TS cut in the bottom, and make the perpendicular
cut in the side using a thin slot cutter in the router table. It will still
take a few passes on the router, and maybe the table saw also, it should be
much faster than simply routing it.
Is this a reasonable approach? Does it matter whether I route or cut slots
While the wood is just as tough as reported, it seemed to glue up okay; at
least it survived the planner.
In writing this email I found out that a woodworking router routs, but a
computer router routes. Who knew?