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How to set up and use keyholes bits

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Now rout the slots
Box on router table
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With one end resting on the table
and against the fence, lower the
project onto the bit, keeping the
"start" line aligned with the bit center.
Pushing box thru
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With the project back flat on the
tabletop, slide it along the fence
--always from right to left -- until
the "stop" line meets the bit centerline.
Box on wall
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Drive screws into the wall to align
with the plunge holes. Screw heads
should stick out from the wall slightly
more than the shoulder thickness.

Now rout the slots

With the router running at maximum speed, place the workpiece above the bit and against the fence with the start line and bit centerline aligned. Gripping it tightly, slowly pivot the project down onto the bit, as shown top right. Once the project rests on the tabletop, slide it to rout the slot, stopping when the stop line reaches the bit centerline (center right). Without moving the project, use one hand to shut off the router. Wait for the bit to stop spinning before backing the board off the bit. Failure to do so could damage the slot and project. Repeat for the remaining slots.


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