Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 3
   January 2013
 
   Milling Slots
 

Using a Handheld Router
  Marking the centerline
 
With this simple setup it is possible to mill a slot safely in a small piece of wood. The one shown is 3/4" thick, 1-1/8" wide and 6-7/8" long. Squeeze the workpiece between two wide boards (here 3/4" MDF) that are between two pipe clamps or bar clamps on an anti-skid mat (router pad). Using a straight edge, ensure the workpiece is even with the top surface of the two boards. Mark the centerline, beginning and end of the slot to be milled.
 
  Situating the router
Select a carbide spiral bit the width of the required slot to use in your plunge router. Situate the router over the workpiece so that the bit is exactly at the midpoint of the centerline. Use a straight board as a fence.
 
  Setting up the stop blocks
Clamp the fence to the wide-board support base, ensuring it's parallel to the slot location. Using pipe clamps or bar clamps gives you enough room under the work surface for your C-clamps. If not, blocks of wood can be placed under each corner. Slide your router to each end of the slot and install stop blocks using more C-clamps. This step is optional, but I find it easier, safer and the final slot looks better.
 
  Making the cut
Set the depth of the router bit to just beyond the thickness of the workpiece and make the cut in several shallow passes, plunging on the left side and routing towards the right side.

A slot milled in a small block of wood is shown, but, of course, the same method can be used to mill slots in wider stock.
 
 
               
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