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4.9 Plunge Router

Considerations

  • Pre-Operation Checklist is a prerequisite for ANY operation.
  • Tool/Machine Manufacturer's safety rules and guidelines are followed.
  • Stock is supported and secured from movement.
  • Hands remain firmly on router throughout entire cut.
  • Router is moved in smooth, continuous motion.
  • Appropriate stance and hand position are utilized for optimum balance and part control.
  • Router bit pointed away from body after completion of a cut.
  • Appropriate direction of feed is used to prevent loss of router control (no climb cutting unless explicitly specified).
  • Entrance and exit are clean and straight.
  • Clears machine and cleans work area after operation.
  • Required OSHA approved personal protective equipment is worn.
  • Disconnect procedure is in place and followed by everyone.

Pre-Operation Checklist

Level 1

Performance Standard -
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and proper use of all machine specific controls
  • Ensures operational path has no obstructions to material and operator
  • Verifies sole plate is installed correctly and tight
  • Verifies depth adjustment bolt is securely tightened
  • Verifies depth collar functions smoothly
  • Verifies plunge mechanism functions smootly
  • Verifies jigs and/or fixtures are secure and operating effectively
  • Verifies switch is off before plugging in tool

Level 2

Performance Standard -
  • Verifies collet and collet seat are clean and in good condition
  • Assures cutting tool shank is straight and true
  • Installs cutting tool properly
  • Verifies cutting tools are secure and free of defects
  • Verifies live bearing is clean and properly lubricated
  • Installs and properly adjusts required jigs and fixtures
  • Verifies face plate is free from obstructions, and calibrated to 90° with cutter
  • Meets Level 1 performance standard

4.9.1 - Edge Profile

Level 1

Given material and machine set up and ready to operate, use a 6 mm (1/4") [0.25"] carbide quarter round bit with live bearing, machine quarter round profile on 1 edge and both ends of a solid wood board.
Performance Standard -
  • No shoulder present in finished piece
  • Shaped surfaces exhibit minimal tear-out
  • Machined surfaces exhibit a uniform smoothness with minimal burning or hesitation marks. Variations accepted for accommodation of difficult grain patterns and materials with defects

Level 2

Given material, set up equipment with 6 mm (1/4") [0.25"] carbide quarter round bit with live bearing, machine quarter round profile on 1 edge and both ends of a solid wood board.
Performance Standard -
  • Meets Level 1 performance standards

4.9.2 - Rabbet

Level 1

Given material and machine set up and ready to operate, use a 13 mm (1/2") [0.5"] straight shank carbide bit, machine a 13 mm (1/2 x 1/2) rabbet in edge of a 610 mm (24") board.
Performance Standard -
  • Dimension tolerance of ±0.4 mm (1/64") [0.0156"] is held for the entire length of the rabbet
  • Shaped surfaces exhibit minimal tear-out
  • Machined surfaces exhibit a uniform smoothness with no burning or hesitation marks. Variations accepted for accommodation of difficult grain patterns and materials with defects

Level 2

Given material, set up equipment with 13 mm (1/2") [0.5"] straight shank carbide bit, machine a 13 mm (1/2 x 1/2) rabbet in edge of a 610 mm (24") board using an edge guide.
Performance Standard -
  • Installs and adjusts edge guide properly
  • Meets Level 1 performance standard

4.9.3 - Dado/Plough/Groove

Level 1

Given material and machine set up and ready to operate, use a 13 mm (1/2") [0.5"] straight shank carbide bit, machine a 13 mm (1/2 x 1/2) dado inset 1" [25.4 mm] from edge of a 610 mm (24") board.
Performance Standard -
  • Dimension tolerances of ±0.4 mm (1/64") [0.0156"] is held for the entire length of the dado/plough/groove
  • Shaped surfaces exhibit minimal tear-out
  • Machined surfaces exhibit a uniform smoothness with no burning or hesitation marks. Variations accepted for accommodation of difficult grain patterns and materials with defects

Level 2

Given material, set up equipment with 13 mm (1/2") [0.5"] straight shank carbide bit and straight edge guide, machine a 13 mm (1/2 x 1/2) dado inset 1" [25 mm] from edge of a 610 mm (24") board.
Performance Standard -
  • Installs and adjusts edge guide properly
  • Meets Level 1 performance standard

4.9.4 - Template Cutout

Level 1

Given material and machine set up and ready to operate, use a 13 mm (1/2") [ 0.5"] straight shank carbide bit and template collar, set template and machine a pre-determined cutout in board.
Performance Standard -
  • Falloff is properly supported prior to the operation
  • Dimension tolerance of ±0.8 mm (1/32") [0.03125"] (minus the collar offset) is held for the entire perimeter of the cutout
  • Machined surfaces exhibit uniform cut marks with minimal burn or defects

Level 2

Given material, set up equipment with a 13 mm (1/2") [ 0.5"] straight shank carbide bit and template collar, set template and machine a pre-determined cutout in board.
Performance Standard -
  • Installs correct cutter tool and collar securely
  • Secures templates appropriately to materials so as not to impede operation of tool
  • Meets Level 1 performance standard

4.9.5 - Mirrored Template Cutout (Lefts and Rights, for example)

Level 1

Given material and equipment set up and ready to operate, use a 0.5" (1/2") [13 mm] carbide bit and template collar, to route a mirrored set of parts.
Performance Standard -
  • Depth is accurate ±0.4 mm (1/64") [0.0156"]
  • Mirrored pair does not vary more than ±0.8 mm (1/32") [0.0312"] at any given point
  • Machined surfaces exhibit uniform cut marks with minimal burn or defects

Level 2

Given material and equipment, set up equipment with a 0.5" (1/2") [13 mm] carbide bit and template collar, set template and route a mirrored set of parts.
Performance Standard -
  • Correct cutter tool and collar installed securely
  • Face plates are free from obstructions, and calibrated to 90° with cutters
  • Templates secured appropriately to materials
  • Meets level 1 performance standards