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post #1 of 12 Old 07-11-2017, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Bosch 1617EVSPK router help

I finally got my router and router table(Bosch RA1181) setup, both are brand new so it's my first time using it. Also have a whiteside bit on it. When I try to do a test piece on a 1x3 it pull my 1x3 and so hard that the wood fly out of my hand (this is on speed 4) then I try to do a second test and set speed to 1 and it kinda have similar result but doesn't pull as hard. Was not able to route the wood at all. This is dangerous. I didn't even push the wood fast I did it very slow too. I only try to route like 1/4" of that 1x3. Can someone tell me what I did wrong?
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Sounds like you are feeding the wood in from the wrong side. If you don't have a fence then you need a pin for the wood to rest against then ease the wood into the bit slowly. Another thing is you could be trying to take more of a bit than you should. A heavy profile must be made in several passes, not all at once.

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I did feed it on the wrong side on my first attempt :(
But not the second time. I also try it feeding it against the fence and flat on the table with an feather board just can't get a smooth cut period. The bit I use is a round over. When you said several passes do I do incremental on the cut like from 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" and so on?


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With the router upside down in a router table the bit is turning counterclockwise. With a fence on the router table you would feed the wood from right to left against the fence. It should be pushing against you, not pulling the wood out of your hands.
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feed direction is important!

For safety reasons there is a "correct" feed direction for hand routing and for table routing. You should feed the work INTO or against the rotation of the cutter, not the same direction or WITH the cutter rotation. There are exceptions, but not for novices.



Use a Sharpie marker and draw the cutter rotation on the router table top or the fence until you get more familiar with your new machine.


If you have to roundover internal edges use this method:
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I feed it to the right side.


That's from the lowest speed 1 and still can't smoothly feed it.
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Wrong!

You are feeding it in the wrong direction according to this photo. The featherboards should face the opposite way and the wood should feed from left to right AGAINST the cutter rotation, not WITH:


Like this diagram;
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Isn't that rotation arrow specific which direction? I did try it on the left and it pull the wood hard. As for the feather board aren't they reversible per the arrow?



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if the bit is actually that high above top surface it is way to high,the cutter should go down below the surface top for a round overedge,looks like feed is in wrong direction,bit is turning in same as arrow on table top feed wood against the cutter rotation
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Isn't that rotation arrow specific which direction? I did try it on the left and it pull the wood hard. As for the feather board aren't they reversible per the arrow?



The featherboard is reversible and has nothing to do with the direction of the router. The arrow on the featherboard just indicates which direction to feed the wood through it. Wood pushed the opposite direction for the featherboard can in fact break the fingers off the featherboard. In this case the featherboard was set and the wood was feed correct for the featherboard but backwards for what the router was needing.
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Base on my picture is my router bit set too high? It's only slightly above the red cover.


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Bosch 1617EVSPK router help

The hole in the router table isn't big enough for the bit so you have the entire bit above the surface of the table. You need to put a different red insert in the table and lower the bit so the end of the curve is level with the surface of the table for a typical round over. You CAN raise your bit up and make a little flat below the curve on your workpiece, but taking all that off in one pass is asking way too much of your bit, it would take about three passes to remove that much wood.


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