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Author Topic: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?  (Read 2312 times)

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which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« on: May 12, 2023, 06:14:04 pm »
hi there, was wondering what kind of router bits I need to buy to cut the slots for tmolding? 1/2" plywood or 3/4".

something that works with this router?|
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0J08MF/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1

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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2023, 09:20:14 pm »
I use a 5/64 bit (just over 1/16).  Since we're linking Amazon, it looks like a decent quality bosch one is on sale for $15.  Pretty sure this is the same one I have. https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-85527M-Carbide-Tipped-Slotting/dp/B000660ZE4/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?crid=1WDRBA0E1ON7X&keywords=5%2F64+slot+cutter+router+bit&qid=1683940458&sprefix=5%2F64+slot+cutter+router+bit%2Caps%2C418&sr=8-4
Edit:Nevermind it looks like it doesn't include the arbor.

On a side note I recently used the same bit to cut a kerf in the bottom of a wooden door to attach a door sweep.
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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2023, 12:49:35 am »
I used 3/32 last time (just a bit bigger than 5/64) - it was OK but a tiny bit too big. Would use 1/16 next time as I don't have 5/64. The spline will still go in the slot if you bang it with a mallet or hammer (you can use small piece of offcut wood, with a straight-but-not-rough edge, to spread the impact a little).

Watch some vids and do a test run if you haven't much experience with a router.
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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2023, 12:19:19 pm »
Almost all T-mold I've seen requires a 1/16" slot cutter bit (and the arbor to hold it.)
Most small routers use a 1/4" shank.
Larger ones use a 1/2" shank and have adapters to use 1/4" shank stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/Yonico-16-Inch-Slotting-Cutter-Router/dp/B07W4XDCXQ/ref=asc_df_B07W7D4WS4/?tag=&linkCode=df0&hvadid=385124930314&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5973200334093107532&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032814&hvtargid=pla-836510965669&psc=1&ref=&adgrpid=80210700684&th=1

so the router I linked would work with the 1/4"?

thanks everyone..gonna give this is a shot. ive done it before years ago but the bit I had was too big I think I had to use hot glue to hold the molding in place(ghetto af lol)

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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2023, 12:58:33 pm »
I'd prefer a full size 1.75HP router over that compact 1HP one, but the slot is so thin and it's a good brand router so it would most likely be fine.

Maybe someone who has actually used a compact router for something other than laminate will chime in.

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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2023, 04:04:59 pm »
I use my one hand Milwaukee battery driven compact one for most things that don't benefit from a fence on the router table (which has a full size Bosch in it.)

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/2723-20

It works great for T-mold slotting.
Even better when you plug a vac into it and don't have to eat all of the shavings.
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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2023, 04:01:09 am »
A bit late but +1 for 1/16" on the slot cutter. I've always used the recommendations from t-molding.com

Here it shows that for both 1/2 and 3/4 you want 1/16:

https://www.t-molding.com/3-4in-bright-red-t-molding.html
https://www.t-molding.com/1-2in-bright-red-t-molding.html
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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2023, 02:41:51 pm »
Yonico Router Bits Slotting Cutter 1/16-Inch 1/4-Inch Shank 12101q

this didnt fit

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0J08MF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

the arbor piece doesnt actually go in. its too thick. any other recommendations?

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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2023, 02:58:43 pm »
maybe I need to get this and the slot cutter separate?
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-92813C-Arbor-Slotting-Cutters/dp/B000WA5B8E/

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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2023, 12:22:56 pm »
Yeah, there are different diameter arbors.
If you wound up with the right thickness slot cutter order yourself the right arbor.
Is there not a hardware store near you that you can just go pick one up?
The big box joints tend to have those tools too even if you don't have anything like WoodCraft nearby.
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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2023, 12:24:25 pm »
i got home depot and lowes..somehow didnt bother to check either lol  :banghead:

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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2023, 01:52:55 pm »
why would they even make a router that cant use standard bits every other router uses........


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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2023, 04:19:29 pm »
Full size routers have a 1/2" collet but typically come with an adapter or an entire other collet to use 1/4" diameter arbors and bit shafts also.

Smaller hand held routers are invariably the 1/4" ones based on size of the whole tool.

Need to buy what fits the tool you want to use is all.

I have an assortment of this stuff but for the most part 1/4" stuff suits this hobby at least, especially as I do most things with a hand held router these days.

If you have a router table with a full size 1HP tool then it merits having 1/2" diameter bits and arbors.
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Re: which router / slotting bit do I need for 1/2" tmolding?
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2023, 09:49:35 pm »
You have a good choice of router there with the Colt for this task. That router has a 1.4" collet so you need a slot cutter with a 1/4" shank.
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