I'm template routing 2x2 red cedar for the rear legs of 6 patio chairs I'm
building. i've rough cut on the bandsaw and attached my template to the
piece. problem is the nasty tearout that I get when the grain changes. I
actually have a chunk in my hand that came off the first leg. I've stopped
at this point with 11 legs waiting and am looking for some suggestions to
minimize this. don't want to ruin any of the other legs. thanks
Read the grain on the wood and reverse the direction that you are routing
when in these areas. Cutting very close to the line with the BS helps to
cut down on router bit grab when going in the reverse direction.
I have had the same problem and both sugestions work. I find that a
larger diameter pattern bit works well but you do need to cut as close
to the line as possible. Some of my projects are here www.howardboehm.com
just finished my bar.
: I'm template routing 2x2 red cedar for the rear legs of 6 patio chairs I'm
: building. i've rough cut on the bandsaw and attached my template to the
: piece. problem is the nasty tearout that I get when the grain changes. I
: actually have a chunk in my hand that came off the first leg. I've stopped
: at this point with 11 legs waiting and am looking for some suggestions to
: minimize this. don't want to ruin any of the other legs. thanks
Wood Whisperer has a good video on this.
It deals with this specifically at the end. Sometimes a video is
worth a thousand words.
Wood Whisperer home page: http://thewoodwhisperer.com /
Use two bits. Requires more work (2 bit changes per leg), but you will be
guaranteed almost no chip out.
Some really cool woodworker made a web page devoted to the topic.
Well that certainly is a good idea. One possible problem though is that
with the pattern on top you cannot see which way the grain is going and you
might just go a little too far and get back into the problem area. That
certainly should work well on relatively straight grain wood and straight
cuts. Inconsistent grain and or a curved pattern may present its own set of
problems when the pattern is on top. Perhaps a clear plastic pattern!
Work waaay too thick for a pattern bit.
Should be routed with ordinary straight bit, collar guide, & a plunge
Cuts should be about 3/16"/pass. WIll take a lot of work & time,
produce a bucket of chips, make a lot of noise. Payoff: Very little
www.patwarner.com for more on routing.
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