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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:38 pm 
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Hi guys.

I have some 18mm mdf that I want to put a small angled bevel on. The mdf will be on a wall and is large (150x185cm) and is visible so it needs to be accurate.

Is a router the only way to do this as I don't have one.

If so will I get away with the cheap screw fix one and which bit would be best


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:44 pm 
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A router is obviously quicker but a hand plane will do the job easily enough - either block or smoother.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:53 pm 
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How do I keep the plane straight as I will be planing the whole edge at 45 degrees


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:11 am 
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i would 100% say router iff you have a strait edge and accuracy is essential but that assumes the mdf is loose and can be layed overhanging an edge
what sort off chamfer you after ?? as in 9mm plain then the other half champhered or another percentage ??

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:17 am 
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Same as this

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:18 am 
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Oh and yes I can lay it flat on my benches and clamp it down


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:21 am 
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that looks like about 40mm material

go for a router/non slip mat from tool station for about £6 no clamping and easy moving :huray:

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Yeah that pic is 2 18mm glued together as that is the shelf the main bit is just 18mm (it's basically a large false wall to mount tv on and run wires behind with said shelf below for freebies box)

I have the mat so I'll get the router and try and work out the best bit


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if you have any 45% champher bit it will do mdf :huray:
all you need to do is set the plunge depth usually about 6mm more than you think to get the amount off champher you need

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Great thanks.
I'll get router this weekend. I have a load of bits. I actually have a router but it doesn't have the bracket part that keeps it straight so it's sort of like using a dremill so I'll get another as its a really old Bosch one


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You don't need a bracket to keep it straight, just use a chamfer bit with a bearing guide and run it around the edge

http://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-chamf ... -5mm/40946

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ashleywood.ash wrote:
How do I keep the plane straight as I will be planing the whole edge at 45 degrees



If you mean how you do maintain the angle of 45° - just practice, and a decent eye.

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I'm not convinced I will have a steady enough hand, especially as I have never used a router before.

Anyway this is my router and I don't have many bits actually. And to top it off the bits don't fit the router :)

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Now considering just sanding the edge as sanding I am good at :)


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You can't really use that router like that. At least not for anything using a bearing guided cutter. There's no base with it.
looks like the base clamps around the part above the shaft, similar to the old B & D. Have you got the base? It should be like two parts, the collar part that clamps on, and the flat base with a hole in it. They're joined by round bars that allow the router to plunge.

ETA, If you want a proper, sharp edged chamfer sanding won't do it. You'll just have a "dubbed over" blurry edge. Up to you of course.


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