Wipe Out Chip-Out
More Anti-Chip Tips
Different situations call for different measures to beat chip-out. Here are some more tips:
- Score the top side of plywood with a utility knife and a straightedge before cutting with a circular saw. The side of the saw blade against the "keeper" edge should run in the scored cut.
- When routing a hinge mortise, first make a knife cut at the point where the bit will emerge from the wood.
- If you do get minor chip-out with the tablesaw, clean it up at the router table. The ideal bit for this step is an up/downcut spiral bit.
- Apply a thin coat of the finish you'll use later. It hardens the surface of the wood, and can be scraped or sanded off if necessary.
- Use a backer board when using the drill press, and move the board along with the workpiece for multiple holes. That way, you'll always have solid support underneath.
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