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Has anyone had any luck Routing Wood?

Discussion in 'CNC Routing & Laser Cutting' started by Garfield_Graffix, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. Garfield_Graffix

    Garfield_Graffix Member

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    We have a customer wanting a birch wood plaque. It is almost 2 inches thick and I worry aboot the feed rate and the RPM of the bit being an issue. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where to start?
     
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  2. Westcoast Sign Guy

    Westcoast Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    What bit do you normally use?
     
  3. Garfield_Graffix

    Garfield_Graffix Member

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    Well....

    Thats just it this is the first time I hacve been asked to route wood. I used a bit that the software calls 1/4" Bit long. I already did it and it did work but I had to run the feed rate really slow and it made a god awful noise as it went along. I suppose that all this is due to Birch being a harder material. I even tried running a bunch of shallow passes to get the feed rate up but it wasnt much of an increase.
     
  4. Westcoast Sign Guy

    Westcoast Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    Router or spindle. Use a up spiral bit, single or double flute. Sounds like your rpm's were too fast and feed rate to slow. Here's an example of a single flute bit.

    15,000RPM's @ 1.25" IPS You want a chipload of about .06 to .015 for hardwoods.
     
  5. Garfield_Graffix

    Garfield_Graffix Member

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    thanks West Coast. Can u tell me how you determine the chip size ? I believe thats about what I was running on the feed rate though.
     
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