Flush-Routing Plugs - Using Flute BitComments (0)
This article is from Issue 52 of Woodcraft Magazine.
I’ve found that a router equipped with a straight or spiral
flute bit does a much faster (and free of tear-out) job of cutting plugs flush
than does the old saw-and-chisel approach. I simply adjust the tip of the
router bit shy of the workpiece surface by about the thickness of a sheet of
loose-leaf paper, and then tilt the router to lower the spinning bit onto the
end of the plug. The few thousandths of an inch of plug projection that remains
is easily sanded or scraped away.
A laminate trimmer works best because of its maneuverability and small footprint. However, sometimes adjacent plugs prevent setting the subbase completely onto the work surface. In that case, you may have to trim a few plugs the old-fashioned way to create a landing pad for the base.
—George Aspinall, Tacoma, Washington
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