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Nothing catastrophic like shrapnel, the bit usually just falls over in place.
Have you tried taking smaller bites? I usually do mine in 1/4" intervals. I've used a spiral uncut bit once and it broke too. tried to get too aggressive with it i guess. Now I just use a regular 1/4" bit.
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Have you tried taking smaller bites? I usually do mine in 1/4" intervals. I've used a spiral uncut bit once and it broke too. tried to get too aggressive with it i guess. Now I just use a regular 1/4" bit.
I was shattering those bits only taking 1/4" at a time. It had to be vibration in the router, I switched back to my porter cable router and haven't broken one since.
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Got some more work done on this table. The pearl inlays have been installed, stained the racetrack and have begun finishing it:







Put the flash on for these shots, I was able to get the grain to just show through when viewed up close, it's a really neat effect.





Shooting to have this finished up in a couple of weeks...
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did you varnish first before the inlays? did you use a plunge bit of the exact diameter of the inlay or make a very small template and router it out?
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did you varnish first before the inlays? did you use a plunge bit of the exact diameter of the inlay or make a very small template and router it out?
The inlays were exactly 1/2" in diameter (they were the largest pearl "dots" I could find already cut), so I was able to cheat and use my 1/2" straight bit & router. That got me the nice round cut, but I needed to clean up the inside of hole some with a small chisel and dremel. Once the hole was cut and cleaned out, I secured the pearl dot with some super glue and then rubbed some wood filler over the whole thing to make sure there weren't any gaps around the inlay. Sanded flush/clean, stained and now I'm polying over the whole thing.
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nice work sir...can't wait to see the final product
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Some more progress over the past few days. The racetrack is all poly'd and good to go, now I'm building up the riser and rail. This table will have a 1.5" raised rail with a wood/cracked ice diffuser, back lit with LEDs. Since both the racetrack and the rail cover will be black, I went with a dark red oak color stain on the riser to try and accent the table. Not sure if I 100% like it yet, I probably won't be able to tell until I get the rail covered.

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Building up the raised rail :






I was able to salvage the 5" top rail plate from the old table and use it as a fill sheet for the riser. It saved me some cutting, though it was a good reminder of what a pain in the ass it is to work with MDF.



Rail & internal riser pieces assembled in and place:





And one last pic with the rail removed:



Next up I have to clean up and round off the corners of the rail, get it upholstered, and get the LEDs installed. The finish line is almost in sight.
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Finished assembling & upholstering the playing surface insert last night. I ended up shaving a hair off the height of that flexible white plastic piece I found, it was exactly 3/4" and the ply was a slightly under 3/4". It was very nice to work with though - very flexible, no issues with attaching it around the plywood (I used brad nails and a nail gun), and it held the staples in fastening the cloth. A few pics:

Insert all wrapped and padded with 1/4 HD foam:




Tacked down the SSC and sprayed a light layer of 3M adhesive:



All secured and trimmed:


And secured in place on the table. It's been a while since I've done a racetrack, I forgot was a pain in the ass it is to get the playing area to fit *just* right. Took a bit of sanding the edges (before attaching the plastic) to get it fit.





Upholstering the rail later today, then it's on to securing the riser diffuser and installing the LEDs. The LED strip I had ordered was about 10" too short, so I've got another one incoming to bridge the gap. We've got a tourney next Saturday, I'm hoping it arrives early this week so I can get everything installed and finished.
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Upholstered the rail yesterday afternoon:







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