Need help using router

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Old 07-08-17, 02:22 PM
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Need help using router

I have a project where I have to have a 5/16" slot about 4 inches long in a piece wood that is 6" x 6" x .25". Is this something that could be done with a router? I have never used one and would appreciate information on what type of router to use (fixed, plunge) and what type of bit to use. Would I need a router table, or could I set up a template? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Old 07-08-17, 02:47 PM
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Will the slot be open to an edge, or in the middle of the piece? Will the ends be round or square? If open to the edge, a fixed base would work. Or, if closed on both ends, you could drill one end or both and still use a fixed base router. A router table might be the easiest method, but you could clamp the piece to a larger piece of scrap in order to have something to clamp guides to. Or you could drill holes at each end of the slot and use a jig saw. Or you could drill a series of holes and finish the slot with a rasp.
 
 

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