STL275: Tighten these router bits!


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Query 1:

From Jerry:
Are you able to talk about desk noticed blade sharpening on one in all your podcasts?
My query considerations a carbide 10” blade I just lately had sharpened for the primary time since new.
It was an costly (for me, $130) blade and I discover upon utilizing it that it’s not chopping a cleanly as when new. Additionally the blade guard factor that additionally serves to open the kerf is simply too tight to the blade and the wooden must be pushed more durable via the lower. Might the sharpening have thinned the blade? The blade is a skinny kerf blade.
Any assist and recommendation you may give can be appreciated.

Query 2:

From Bob:
All the time love your present and I’ve only in the near past turn into a limiteless member based mostly on listening to the podcast. It labored Ben!

My query is round optimum peak for a drill press desk. A few years in the past I bought a tall Delta bench high drill press and matched it with a tall bench that I already had established working in my store. This actually obtained the desk peak of the drill press up into the clouds. I obtained used to it and by no means actually discovered something I couldn’t do as a result of it was that peak.

I just lately constructed my new store and mechanically constructed a standalone drill press stand at 39” tall to match the bench that the drill press was coming off of. Within the new store it’s actually a well-recognized peak however I didn’t put any thought in to it like ought to or not it’s decrease?. I’m 5’11” with growing older eyes so I do just like the desk up shut so I can see marking strains and drill level starters. One draw again I see is the desk at about neck degree any projectiles from a grabbed spade bit or related shall be geared toward locations with not plenty of fatty tissue there to keep away from affect.

Query to you guys is do you ever take note of what peak you run your drill press desk usually and why? I do know whenever you drill tall objects the desk shall be decrease however when drilling common ¾” and 1 ½” inventory do you may have a finest working peak for you.

I can regulate the peak of my new standalone drill station straightforward sufficient


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Query 3:

From Travis:
Whereas ending a wall cupboard I had a scary expertise… fortunately didn’t get damage. I used to be routing grooves within the bottoms of draw sides utilizing a 1/4″ down-spiral bit. The down spiral pushes chips again into the wooden (as an alternative of pulling them out like an up-spiral would, or like a drill bit would) the benefit being that the shearing pushes into the wooden and doesn’t tear-out (like straight or up-cut bits would) however you need to lower slowly. Anyway, about midway by means of routing all the perimeters (about board 14 of 24) the bit poked by means of the board (see photograph).

Fortunately I used to be good sufficient to not be utilizing my fingers as a feather board, however even nonetheless it was scary. I appeared again on the different sides I had lower and you may see the depth progressively rising.

It was straightforward to repair (I glued 1/4″ strips into all the perimeters I had already lower, flushed, and re-routed).

My query is: have you ever ever seen router bits climb like that? and what causes it? (How do I keep away from it sooner or later?) I might have thought {that a} down-spiral bit can be much less more likely to climb (because the drive of pushing chips into the board ought to push the bit away from the board). If it issues I had lower these over a pair days (the primary few had been performed per week earlier and I used to be selecting up the place I left off). My store is often fairly scorching (storage in Texas throughout the summer season)… but when the bit was simply scorching from the atmosphere I might anticipate the steel to swell (tightening every little thing). I’m paranoid sufficient now that anytime I come again to the router I re-tighten every little thing. Hopefully it was only a fluke.

Sorry for the lengthy query. I like the podcast–it compliments the membership properly.

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