View Full Version : What can you do about ROUTER FUZZ
03-20-2001, 12:18 AM
I am new to woodworking and have a slight problem. I am building some decrative columns out of poplar and am grooving the columns with a new Viper 1/2" grooving bit. I noticed that in my "trial run" groves on a scape piece, there is "fuzz" which will require me to go back and sand each grove out. Will router speed eliminate this, or is this to be expected? Thanks for any imput.
03-20-2001, 09:09 AM
it's a Poplar thing....should just take you a second to sand the fuzz off...no biggie eh...
03-20-2001, 10:08 AM
The harder the wood the less "lint" you'll have. Nothing wrong with router or bit. You should always plan on sanding for "best" finish. One of those flexible 3M sanding pads works well for me.
The reason that this happens with softer woods is that the wood flexes when the cutter hits it and the cutter isn't able to get as clean a cut. With harder woods (not 'hardwoods') like oak or jatoba the wood is stiff enough not to flex and you'll get a cleaner cut.
03-20-2001, 03:39 PM
You can reduce the amount of fuzz by keeping your bit very sharp and by limiting the depth of cut on your final pass to a small amount, like about 1/32".
Maybe you can help me. I am interested in making columns but don't know how. How do you make a column?
03-20-2001, 04:23 PM
What kind of column?
Solid or hollow?
How many sides?
I have a reference page on my web site that lists bevel angles and widths for various numbers of staves and diameters.
Some popular does that. When you figure out how to prevent let me know!
I would like to make a hollow column with no sides. I would like it to be round.