Subtraction – Week #1 SKILL BUILDER: ROUTER

In this semester I hope to get much more comfortable around all the tools that we have at ITP. Our first assignment this semester is to go back a little bit and try to get our skills better with tools that we might find using after we finish our studies, when we won’t necessarily have a CNC or laser cut machines available. This time we need to use the hand router. Last semester I had good experience with this one, when I worked on my Hanucake – wooden Menorah for Hanukkah, made from a shape of a 3 layered cake. I got to the shop on Friday evening when it was super quiet and had a chance to work calmly on this one. I started by collecting all the tools that I need for this assignment:

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I placed the straight bit, using the allen key to keep it from rotating. After that I replaced the circle jig with the regular acrylic part. I still would like at some point to create a new jig for the router..maybe with new circle sizes or straight one.

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I made sure that only tip of the bit is coming out from the jig height in order to start with a small depth of cutting.

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This is the measurements I had on the wood in order to have a middle point. I then used 1/4 inch drill bit for the wooden part of the jig holder.

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This is the placement of everything before I stated to cut…As we practiced, I wanted to make sure on a dry round how the cable will end up being when Im completing my cut.

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The  I started, counter clock rotation, to cut my circle.

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This is the first layer cut.

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When I came up to start the cutting, after I started the machine, I couldn’t  make is smooth start and had this point start..It’s kind of jumped first when it touched the wood…

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I continued t the next level of height:IMG_4960

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In this part I started to think how I should use the phone camera in the shop beacuse right now it’s full with wood dust…..

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Nest level height:

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Cut through:

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Measuring in order to check what is the distance from the line that I need to cut- till the fence i’m putting:

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I figured I might do another round before I’m cutting the middle of my object, and used it to make another bigger round:

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Then I placed the ruler as a fence for the router..It didn’t kept it’s place with the screws…

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Didn’t like the results, so I thought to try out the table too:

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It wasn’t the accurate, and I wasn’t sure if the results can be more precise with a different bit, maybe a smaller one…

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after I finished with the cutting I made sure that the collet is clean

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Finished with hole saw details..

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1 comment.

  1. Good work. Nice documentation too.

    I would suggest a different setup on the router table. It’s hard to push a circular form consistently across a straight edge without it moving on you.

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