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Old 12-02-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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Need to cut a 1/16" deep groove...


I have an 11"x11"x3/4" square of pine. I need to cut a groove in it that is 1/2" deep (so not all the way through) and about 1/16" thick, possibly a little smaller. Any ideas on how to accomplish this? The groove will be on the finish side.

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Old 12-02-2009, 11:50 PM   #2
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Need to cut a 1/16" deep groove...


A thin kerf table saw blade is 1/16" or you could use a router and down spiral bit.

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Old 12-02-2009, 11:50 PM   #3
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Need to cut a 1/16" deep groove...


If you have access to a table saw and you can find a thin kerf blade I think you have the winning combo.

Does the slot go from end to end? If not then we are back to the drawing board and will need more tools.
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Or you could make a tool similar to a hand beading tool.
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Unfortunately it does not go end to end... I am almost considering doing it with a little grinder and finishing the rounded sections with a small drill bit lol...

I am actually building DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) pads, and these are going to be inset buttons on larger wood squares - so sheet metal will be filling the groove I am going to be cutting in to this.
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what is a hand beading tool?
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http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,230,41182


If you have a drill press, you might try a RotoZip bit, they side cut.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:40 AM   #8
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if it HAS to be solid on the ends of the cut, i'd use the thin kerf blade, go all the way across, and then rip some thin strips to glue back in where needed.

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