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Routing; Freehand Routing - Craftsman 315.17504 Owner's Manual

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ROUTING
See Figure 9.
For ease of operation and maintaining proper control, your
router has two handles, one on each side of the router base.
When using your router hold it firmty with both hands as
shown in figure 9. Turn router on and let motor build to its full
speed, then gradually feed cutter into workpiece. Remain
alert and watch what you are doing. DO NOT operate router
when fatigued.
FREEHAND
ROUTING
See Figure 10.
When used freehand,
your router becomes a flexible and
versatile tool. This flexibility makes it possible to easily rout
signs, relief sculptures,
etc.
There are two basic techniques
for freehand routing:
Routing letters, grooves, and patterns into wood. See
Figure 10.
Routing out the background,
leaving the letters or
pattern raised above _e surface.
When freehand routing, we suggest the following:
Draw or layout the pattern on workpiece.
Choose the appropriate
cutter.
NOTE: A core box or V-groove
bit is often used for
routing letters and engraving objects. Straight bits and
ball mills are often used to make relief carvings. Veining
bits are used to carve small, intricate details.
Rout the pattern in two or more passes. Make the first
pass at 25% of the desired depth of cut. This will
provide better control as well as being a guide for the
next pass.
DO NOT rout deeper than 1/8 in. per pass or cut.
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