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  • AW Extra 12/26/13 - Precision Height Gauge

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 16, 2013
    Precision Height Gauge To set the height of a router bit—within .001", if necessary— I made this simple stand for my caliper. It works on a router table or a hand-held router. Two screws with washers secure the caliper. When I need the...
  • Q & A: How Fast Should a Forstner Bit Spin?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 4, 2013
    How Fast Should a Forstner Bit Spin? Q: I just bought a set of Forstner bits for my drill press.The first time I used one I made more smoke than sawdust! How do I figure out the right spindle speed for these bits? A: To find the fastest maximum speed...
  • Q & A: Can I Sharpen My Router Bit?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    Can I Sharpen My Router Bit? Q: I’ve got a carbide router bit that’s caked with pitch and leaves a rough cut. Can I rescue it or should I buy a new one? A: A bit can be brought back from the dead. Take a close look at the cutting edge. If...