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Thread: Maybe my router bit is a bit dull?

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    Maybe my router bit is a bit dull?

    Had 15 minutes left of my lunch hour, so put in a cove cutter in the router table and routed a 3" long recess for fingers at each end of the soft maple sink cutting board. Had a few minutes left, so got the sandpaper out to ease the edges. Then I started to smell smoke, looked at the router table and seen a wisp of smoke rising. Once I seen what was burning I ran for the camera to document the occurrence. Glad I wasn't in a ram to get back to work. Within 5 minutes it was almost ready to burst into flames!!!!
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    Yeah, I'm thinking it might be time to consider buying a new bit. And you're right...good thing you noticed it and got it taken care of.
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    Bryan now that got HOT...........But I had to laugh when you ran to get the camera instead of the fire extinguisher
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    Glad you got that in time Bryan. I've had a bit burn the wood edge but never throw off smoking embers like that! Wow, glad all is well.
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    I've heard of that happening but I thought it was an old wives tale
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    But I had to laugh when you ran to get the camera instead of the fire extinguisher
    My respect for Bryan continues to soar. I hope I would have had the fortitude to do the same thing
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    Ditto Glenn, in spades!

    Enjoy missing out on all of the fire engine excitement,

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    Close call!
    Was the DC running?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Close call!
    Was the DC running?
    No DC used. I looked at the bit , self sharpening using the diamond hones doesn't seem to work that well.
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    Just wondering out loud, are you pretty sure it's the dull bit, and not maybe a tiny piece of metal or sand which caused sparking which led to the smoldering?
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