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Routing small parts in solid wood

12/20/15       
Jason

I have a job that will potentially turn into a lot of work for us.
I have a gentelman who would like us to cut several hundred 11"-12" cherry mirror frames a month. They will be cut in 2 half circles that will be glued together by the customer after his glass is fitted.

I have a flat table router so I figure on a custom spoilboard if I need to do it that way. My thoughts went to a roughing tool then a finishing pass with a chipbreaker compression cutter as both sides of this frame are visible.

I figured I would cut the parts with tabs then use a hand router with a flush trim bit to finish the cutout. Anybody willing to help a relative CNC rookie out??

12/20/15       #2: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
james mcgrew Member

I bought a Lot of thousands (think storage wars) of mis-lasered Walnut plaques and clean and vcarve a plaque as a fundraiser for My ship USN Assc. I do a lot of ODD stuff,

this is a Jig I place on the spoil board and engrave / cut 8 at a time, there are a lot of ways to get this done. if you need some help speak up.


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12/20/15       #3: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
Jason

These are the mockup of what I need to cut made of MDF. I like the frame idea really well. If I use the tabs it would contain the plank I cut the parts out of.


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12/20/15       #4: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
james mcgrew

I would onion skin with a vacuum setup. easy enough !

12/20/15       #5: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
Jason

I was worried about throwing parts when I cut out the skins.

12/21/15       #6: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
Will Williamson  Member

Website: http://www.willmade.com

Spiral down cutter and leave a 1/32 skin. Then, run the whole board, through a thickness planner or thickness sander to free the part.
You can get the skin, almost down to nothing, with a sharp down spiral.
But for the most part, I leave enough skin to hold the board together, so I can put it through the planner

12/21/15       #7: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
B.H. Davis Member

x2 on Will's response. I do this all the time with a wide belt sander and it is fast and easy.

BH Davi

12/22/15       #8: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
Jerry Member

A dedicated vacuum fixture would work as all the parts are the same each time. No loss of suction and a smaller vac could handle it

12/23/15       #9: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
George  Member

Website: http://www.allstaradhesives.com/

Jason

If you have a large order of the parts shown or it will be a return customer then a dedicated vacuum fixture with cover gasket to hold the parts is the way to go. NO ADDED steps, cut all the way through with no tabs or onion skin.
The pictures I posted are an example of the gasket and parts cut, the circles are 1.5 dia, no onion skin or tabs!

if you have any questions let me know


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1/6/16       #11: Routing small parts in solid wood ...
Andrea

Website: http://www.NEMI.com

Hi Jason -
Sounds like a dedicated vacuum fixture might be the way to go! NEMI has curved pods that might be a good fit for you. We also can make custom fixtures to your specifications! Feel free to send an email or give me a call and I would be happy to get more information to you.

Andrea
ap@NEMI.com
763-856-2044x208

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