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I am looking for some guidance on tooling for cutting and drilling box parts on my router. I have a 4'x8' Camaster Stinger with a Porter Cable router and a vacuum hold down system. I would typically use 3/4" prefinished veneer core plywood.
Can I use one tool for both cutting and drilling or should I plan on switching out tools for the different operations? Also, how deep a cut can I expect to make with this setup? Obviously experience will tell the story, but some guidance from users with a similar machine would help me get started.
Which Porter-Cable router?
a single 5mm or .25 compression bit will be the single tool solution
If you have the ftc feature consider bit 1 5mm or .25 shelf pin holes (drill toolpath) .25 spiral down cut for dados / rabbits and a .375 mortise compression or the .25 solution for the last two toolpaths
Rich C., I have the PC 7518 router.
Robert, I did post at the camheads forum and got several helpful replies. It has been a great resource for me in getting my machine going. I just wanted to see what advice I might get from this population.
James, thanks for your reply. I really appreciate your participation in these forums and encouragement to those entering the digital woodworking world. I plan to experiment with a mortise compression bit with a short upcut section and see how deep a pass works best.
Not to poach Kevin's post but in compliment, are most who are running pre-fin ply running solid carbide exclusively? CNC is on the way here (fingers crossed) and working on an entry tool package for the bank as we speak.
Mark, we use 3/8 compression spirals from Onsrud with the Marathon coating. Use them on everything. If you are doing Dado construction you likely will need the bits with a very short up spiral section. Avoid them if you can since they are weaker.
I would caution you on using a compression spiral (especially a mortise style) for drilling as you can cause a fire when it is plunged deeper than the length of the up-cut section of the cutting length.
I would bet that the porter cable will have a tough time cutting parts.
Wish for you this bet is low !!
So you may know, there's more 7518 used in CNC than any other !
The PC 7518 is a good router and at the slow speeds, limited run time that the light duty routers are used for, perfectly fine. Universal motors aren't great for continuous running but for a few sheets a day they are cheap & work. If you don't over heat it, it will keep working. Just listen for bearing noise and check brushes so you can change them out before they trash the motor.