How to Use a Dish Cutter Router Bit

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You can make beautiful bowls and trays from a pattern by using a dish cutting router bit. Further, the same bit can be used to make raised letter signs, cutting boards, custom boxes and many other craft items. The procedure to use the dish cutting router bit will be the same for most applications.

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Dish cutter router bits
  • Router
  • Dish cutter pattern
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wood (thickness limited by the maximum depth of your bowl and tray router bit)
  • Drill and drill bit (at least 1/4-inch larger than the diameter of the bowl and tray router bit)

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  1. 1

    Start by putting on your hearing protection and safety glasses.

  2. 2

    Put the dish cutter router bit into router and tighten in place. Make sure that the correct collar is used for the dish cutter router bit's diameter.

  3. 3

    Use double-sided tape to attach the dish cutter pattern that came with your router bits to the wood of your project. Additionally, you can make your own pattern. The pattern material needs to be made from at least 1/2-inch thick material.

  4. 4

    Use a drill or drill press to drill a series of holes slightly larger in diameter than the bowl cutter bit. The holes should be drilled to approximately 3/8-inch less than the thickness of your project's material. The drill bit should be at least 1/4-inch larger than the diameter of the bowl cutter router bit used.

  5. 5

    Use the router to remove the remaining material from inside the pattern area, a little at a time. The router with the collar will follow the pattern along the outside edges. Finish removing the remainder of the interior material by hand.

  6. 6

    Adjust the bowl cutter router bits depth to approximately 1/4-inch, and repeat the last step, until the bowl's depth is achieved.

  7. 7

    For the final pass, lower the bit approximately 1/16th of a inch to remove any burn marks or bit chatter. This will make the sanding process a lot easier.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to remove as much wood with the drill bit from your project as possible. This will help prevent you overstressing the router and router bit.
  • When freehand routing, use a non-slip pad to keep the material from moving during the cut.
  • Always use 1/2-inch shank router bit when possible, as it provides better stability with less vibration to produce a smoother cut and a longer cutter life.
  • Router at a constant moving speed to avoid burning the wood.
  • When using bigger router bits, use a slower RPM setting.
  • You can use a collet extension to make extra deep bowls.
  • Do not plunge-cut the bowl cutter router bit.

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