Router issues [aka troubles]

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Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby loyd » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:51 pm

To borrow a phrase from an otherwise forgettable comedian from the distant past: "Always remember, and never forget!"

Whenever you plan to route dovetails with a dovetail bit always remember to make sure the collet and the mainshaft bevel into which it seats are both clean and undamaged. And never forget to inspect the bit itself for similar damage or crud.

And that's all I'll say about that. :oops:
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Re: Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby southpaw57 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:03 pm

Paul Harvey would have given us "The rest of the story" :geek:
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Re: Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby loyd » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:55 pm

It wasn't pretty. A descending bit starts cutting at the target depth and then as it slips out of the collet more and more it cuts deeper and deeper.

In this case the damage caused is minor: A toy box that was to be 24 inches long ends up being 23 inches long. Not a total disaster but a very strong irritant. I could whine but who wants to hear that? If the bit slips too far it becomes a missile. This time it didn't get free.

Dovetail bits are prone to doing that climbing trick since the angle of cut pushes in that direction so while a straight bit isn't as likely to climb, a dovetail bit is. Having said all that, having a scored collet will loosen the collet nut if there's any chatter in the cut; which, of course, there is going to be. I was able to buff out the scoring in the mainshafe bevel and happily had another collet to use instead of the errant one.

Never a dull moment in the shop. :roll:
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Re: Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby sid_matheny » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:13 pm

Don't sound like you were to upset and that is good. Things can always be worse!
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Re: Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby loyd » Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:39 am

The shop has many opportunities to resurrect language once often used but almost forgotten.
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Re: Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby doylemc » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:27 pm

All of that really comes into play when you are working on a metal part that may have 100 or more hours already invested in it. Ouch.
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Re: Router issues [aka troubles]

Postby loyd » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:56 pm

I got off easy. The boxes are glued up and ready for a little trim work. And then they'll be done. One 24 inches long. The other 23 inches long. :oops:

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Gets pretty intense gluing all them dovetails.
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