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 Post subject: Carbon Fiber Routing?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:33 pm 
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Hi Everybody,
What kind of bit do you recommend for routing edges? My project board is 11 oz. CF lay up with epoxy poured edge. I just want to avoid sanding as much as possible. Thanks for any suggestions.


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 Post subject: Re: Carbon Fiber Routing?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:54 pm 
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i'd sugest using a router table. A router can shape just about anything (i've used one to mill aluminum) but for tougher materials it is dangerous to try to free hand(excess resistance leads to loss of control)


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 Post subject: Re: Carbon Fiber Routing?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:23 pm 
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Roundover bit I guess, if you can get one with a small enough radius.
I don't do it that way though, 'cause my rails taper and are not rounded as much at the tips.
Personally, I cut flash off with a utility razor knife, shape the rails with an orbital sander and 40 grit on a soft sanding block, then smooth out with 60, 80, 120 grit, then wipe down with epoxy thinned with isopropyl alcohol to give a hard shiny finish ;)
Otherwise a roundover bit would be the call.
Either way use a strong dust collection system and/or a good mask.


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 Post subject: Re: Carbon Fiber Routing?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:09 pm 
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Thanks guys. Because of my construction and method of built I will have to use the router this time
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BWD do you use ABS or epoxy poured rail on your boards?


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 Post subject: Re: Carbon Fiber Routing?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:54 pm 
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I have just used epoxy, it's easier for me and cheaper than sourcing another material, also saves time. I don't ride up on gravel or sliders so epoxy seems durable enough, and easy to fix.
I would like to try that urethane stuff some day, but not a priority for me now.
Good winds to you. :hut:


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