I have been building my shop tool inventory while simultaneously trying to
learn various applications of said same tools. The most mystifying so far has
been my second-hand router( a skil about 5 yrs old). How do I acurately set the
the depth for rabitts and dados? Also have been unable to figure out the best
way to usethe "pilot bits". Where is the best place to go to for advice?
On 08 Jan 2004 06:46:06 GMT, email@example.com (MrProfesr) wrote:
With a bridge gauge. You can buy these, or it's an easy piece of
scrollsawing in plexiglass.
Make a horseshoe the right size to bridge the baseplate of your
router, across the bit. Give it wide, stable feet. The commercial
ones usually have an adjustable measuring stick in the middle, but you
can make a fixed one and simply cut a "staircase" at common depth
It's a useful gadget and saves a lot of time.
The other thing that helps is buying a router with a decent adjustable
depth control, like the Freud 2000, the Triton or most Americna
fixed-base routers. These things aren't common on plunge routers but
I've never understood why.
There are plans for a Setup guage in # 69 ShopNotes. Takes less than an hour
to make and uses scrap ply, small piece of plexiglass (I cut mine from a
cheap photo holder from Michaels) a rare earth magnet and a 6" steel rule,
both ordered from Lee Valley.
Very accurate, handy, hands-free, and can be used for table saw, router
table, router. If you saw one, you would want it immediately.
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