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Old 01-16-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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What tool(s) do you use to make a groove in the end of solid bamboo flooring planks so the tongue of the following board can slip into place?

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Table saw with a rabbetting jig.

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Table saw with a rabbetting jig.
I'm kind of a newbie and am having trouble visualizing such an animal. Can you post a pic??
url reference would work also.
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I would use a router table with a slot cutter, if I understand what you are trying to do.
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I would use a router table with a slot cutter, if I understand what you are trying to do.

I need to re-create the groove in the end of the floor board so the tongue of the next board can slip in place. I am laying hardwood planks that butt into a stair nose board and go length ways across the room. In order to stagger the boards, I am cutting them and then I need to make a new groove.

Am I making more work than I need to? Is there a way to hand router these grooves or is a table the only way?

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I need to re-create the groove in the end of the floor board so the tongue of the next board can slip in place. I am laying hardwood planks that butt into a stair nose board and go length ways across the room. In order to stagger the boards, I am cutting them and then I need to make a new groove.

Am I making more work than I need to? Is there a way to hand router these grooves or is a table the only way?

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You need a groove along the end of the flooring board. Can't imagine anything less safe than a table saw. Hand held router with one of these bits would be the way to go:
http://www.amanatool.com/bits-fv/45663.html
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table router, not table saw! Thanks for bit link.

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Actually, depending on how long the board is. If more than about 3 ft I'd do it with a hand held router. The key is the top bearing slot cutting bit.
Thinking about it, it could be done with any bearing guided slot cutter, given a cutting diameter/bearing diameter combination that provides an adequate depth of cut. Just that my preference would be a top bearing bit.
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No hardware store near me carries 3/8 slot cutting bit. The best I can find will only groove bigger than 3/8. Is this a problem? The tongue would have more room in the groove....should I hunt down the 3/8 bit?
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No hardware store near me carries 3/8 slot cutting bit. The best I can find will only groove bigger than 3/8. Is this a problem? The tongue would have more room in the groove....should I hunt down the 3/8 bit?
Just how much bigger?? Where are you looking? I'm sure I've seen slot cutters at Home Depot (Freud brand) in 1/4". You can get wider slots on multiple passes by adjusting the bit height. Depth is what kind of concerns me. You need the correct bit/bearing combination, although, you could probably trim the end of the tongue if it's close.
I'm afraid if you go much larger than 3/8 you could end up with a squeak there or what would feel like a loose board. Like I said in my previous post, top bearing is really just a personal preference, bearing on either end would do it. Top bearing is only mandatory if you are doing repair work or some other reason to slot partially installed flooring.
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This is exactly what I needed to know - thank you - super helpful.

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