Thursday, 26 January 2012

cutting gauge

Here I'm routing a housing for the cutter in the end grain of the stock. I'm using the sliding fence on my Veritas router table with a clamped on backer board to avoid tearout. This is safe if you hold the stock firmly and move things slowly. Reversing the stock keeps the housing dead central but it takes a bit of fiddling on scrap to get a nice tight fit.

Here's the result, a nice friction fit leaving the blade flush with the stock. I tried a test model without this housing and the blade had a tendancy to skew when tightening up the screw (not yet fitted) or making a heavy cut.

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