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Routing small parts in solid wood12/20/15
I have a job that will potentially turn into a lot of work for us.
I have a flat table router so I figure on a custom spoilboard if I need to do it that way. My thoughts went to a roughing tool then a finishing pass with a chipbreaker compression cutter as both sides of this frame are visible.
I figured I would cut the parts with tabs then use a hand router with a flush trim bit to finish the cutout. Anybody willing to help a relative CNC rookie out??
I bought a Lot of thousands (think storage wars) of mis-lasered Walnut plaques and clean and vcarve a plaque as a fundraiser for My ship USN Assc. I do a lot of ODD stuff,
this is a Jig I place on the spoil board and engrave / cut 8 at a time, there are a lot of ways to get this done. if you need some help speak up.
These are the mockup of what I need to cut made of MDF. I like the frame idea really well. If I use the tabs it would contain the plank I cut the parts out of.
I would onion skin with a vacuum setup. easy enough !
I was worried about throwing parts when I cut out the skins.
Spiral down cutter and leave a 1/32 skin. Then, run the whole board, through a thickness planner or thickness sander to free the part.
x2 on Will's response. I do this all the time with a wide belt sander and it is fast and easy.
A dedicated vacuum fixture would work as all the parts are the same each time. No loss of suction and a smaller vac could handle it
If you have a large order of the parts shown or it will be a return customer then a dedicated vacuum fixture with cover gasket to hold the parts is the way to go. NO ADDED steps, cut all the way through with no tabs or onion skin.
if you have any questions let me know
Hi Jason -