Wednesday, February 23

Custom TV Tray Tables – Spreaders: smoothing

This afternoon’s woodworking time is spent routing the spreaders U cut out last time. To do this I use a special fixture I made that serves as a lay-out jig and a fixture to hold the spreader and guide the router bit.
I use a straight flush-trim but with the guide bearing on the top (the end) of the bit.  This bearing rides along the smooth shape of the fixture causing the bit to cut away all excess wood and leave the part shaped exactly like the fixture edge.
I cut carefully and make sure the part does not slide in the fixture as I’m working it.
At the end of the day I have all 16 spreaders shaped and ready to go to the drum sander for a little final smoothing to remove the tiny wavy pattern left by the router bit.  That task will close out the day.  Next time I’ll finish these parts up.

What We’re Building:
Utility Trailer Make-Over for David B. - In Progress
4 Tray Tables, all walnut (custom size) with stand for Shelly – In Progress
4 TV Tray Tables and stand in maple for Jeffrey P. – In Progress
Kitchen organizer - Marie B.- Producing Design
Computer Desk for Laptop for Marie B.
Printer Cabinet for Marie B.

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