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Freehand Cutting; Freehand Routing - Craftsman 183.172521 Owner's Manual

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FREEHAND
CUTTING
AND
ROUTING
When the router base accessory is installed on the cutting
tool, it will function as a small router to be used for
freehand cutting of irregular shaped patterns. You can cut
patterns out of the workpiece with the cutting bit or route
patterns into the workpiece with small router bits,
FREEHAND CUTTING
1. Adjust the cutting bit depth to 1Is"longer than the
thickness of the material being cut.
2.
Turn the switch ON while firmly holding the tool.
3.
When starting the cut inside the workpiece, place the
bit at an angle to allow the bit to cut its way into the
workpiece (see Fig. 6).
4,
Use the two height adjusting knobs to guide the bit
through the workpiece,
FREEHAND ROUTING
Use the router base with small router bits to perform
various freehand routing projects (see Fig. 19).
1,
Remove 1/8"collet and insert '/," collet (see Fig, 3).
2.
Install router bit and securely tighten.
3. Adjust router base height to the correct routing depth.
4.
Turn the switch ON making sure the router bit is not
touching anything.
5.
Holding the tool by the two height adjusting knobs,
carefully lower the bit onto the workpiece and guide
the bit around the desired pattern.
CUTTING STRAIGHT LINE WITH STRAIGHT EDGE
To cut a straight line, you can use a straight edge
template to guide the router base,
1.
2.
3.
4.
Draw a line on the workpiece where you wish to m
the cut (see Fig. 20),
Draw a parallel second line approximately 21/8"ba(
into the workpiece (away from the cutting line).
Clamp the straight edge onto the larger portion of 1
workpiece that is to be clamped while cutting.
Place the flat side of the router base against the
straight edge with the bit near the start of the cuttin
line.
NOTE: Check bit location to ensure cut will be mad
in the correct location.
5. Turn the switch ON while firmly holding the tool.
6. Slide the router plate against the straight edge whil
making the cut.
Fig. 20
Fig. 19
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