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tooling for cabinet parts

Kevin Jenness

I am looking for some guidance on tooling for cutting and drilling box parts on my router. I have a 4'x8' Camaster Stinger with a Porter Cable router and a vacuum hold down system. I would typically use 3/4" prefinished veneer core plywood.

Can I use one tool for both cutting and drilling or should I plan on switching out tools for the different operations? Also, how deep a cut can I expect to make with this setup? Obviously experience will tell the story, but some guidance from users with a similar machine would help me get started.

2/23/16       #2: tooling for cabinet parts ...
rich c.

Which Porter-Cable router?

2/24/16       #3: tooling for cabinet parts ...
Robert Member

With all respect to you and WOODWEB, you should seriously consider posting your request at the CAMASTER forum....where pears owner will not only be happy to help a fellow owner, they have all the experience with this machine you may need....and more @_@ !!

2/24/16       #4: tooling for cabinet parts ...
james mcgrew Member


a single 5mm or .25 compression bit will be the single tool solution

If you have the ftc feature consider bit 1 5mm or .25 shelf pin holes (drill toolpath) .25 spiral down cut for dados / rabbits and a .375 mortise compression or the .25 solution for the last two toolpaths

2/24/16       #5: tooling for cabinet parts ...
Kevin Jenness

Rich C., I have the PC 7518 router.

Robert, I did post at the camheads forum and got several helpful replies. It has been a great resource for me in getting my machine going. I just wanted to see what advice I might get from this population.

James, thanks for your reply. I really appreciate your participation in these forums and encouragement to those entering the digital woodworking world. I plan to experiment with a mortise compression bit with a short upcut section and see how deep a pass works best.

2/24/16       #6: tooling for cabinet parts ...
Mark B Member

Not to poach Kevin's post but in compliment, are most who are running pre-fin ply running solid carbide exclusively? CNC is on the way here (fingers crossed) and working on an entry tool package for the bank as we speak.

2/27/16       #7: tooling for cabinet parts ...

Mark, we use 3/8 compression spirals from Onsrud with the Marathon coating. Use them on everything. If you are doing Dado construction you likely will need the bits with a very short up spiral section. Avoid them if you can since they are weaker.

3/1/16       #8: tooling for cabinet parts ...
Mike S.  Member


I would caution you on using a compression spiral (especially a mortise style) for drilling as you can cause a fire when it is plunged deeper than the length of the up-cut section of the cutting length.

3/3/16       #9: tooling for cabinet parts ...
Jason Scott

I would bet that the porter cable will have a tough time cutting parts.

3/3/16       #10: tooling for cabinet parts ...

Wish for you this bet is low !!

So you may know, there's more 7518 used in CNC than any other !
I'm using one since 2009 on my CNC.....with out any regret nor need to "upgrade".
Key word...need....!!!
I would like a spindle as it is less loud, but need @_#

3/3/16       #11: tooling for cabinet parts ...

The PC 7518 is a good router and at the slow speeds, limited run time that the light duty routers are used for, perfectly fine. Universal motors aren't great for continuous running but for a few sheets a day they are cheap & work. If you don't over heat it, it will keep working. Just listen for bearing noise and check brushes so you can change them out before they trash the motor.

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