Ok so time has finally come for me to make some bench dog holes and hold down holes in my bench.
3/4 inch holes they gonna be. My Gramercy hold downs have arrived.
A few week ends ago examined my options in this regard and came to the conclusion best method for me would be using the plunge router on a base with template for guidance and positioning.
Ok now i have a PC 893PK kit with plunge or fixed base.
Going to buy a new router bit from Busy Bee for this job. I have used these types of bits and they are pretty good and i see them now as consumable. So if this lasts for the bench holes I will be happy. Freud version here is 3 x price.
Thing i am trying to work out is whether this will go through or should i be looking to put a 1/2 inch bit that is available and longer all the way through then coming back and cleaning out the holes.
Note my bench is SPF construction wood laminated together.
I would like to end up with nice clean holes.
My reckoning is bit length is 3 inch total. cutting edge length is plenty 1.25 inch long, my plunge base goes down 2 inches i think. Bench is just around 3 inches thick. So if i factor in say 1 inch for the collet then there is 2 inches of bit length left sticking out. Then add the plunge ability and i believe i should surely get down to the bottom of the bench surface.
Any comments or alternative ideas on how to do it. Wish i had my Dads old B&D drill press for the corded drill. It would have been a doddle to drill these holes with that and ensure 90 degrees.
Then the next thing that has had me procrastinating over this is the number of holes. I figure less is more, given i can always add especially if i use a setup that is easily repeatable.
What say the Brain Trust out there.?? Open to suggestions alternatives or critique.