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  • #612535
    GTokley
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    Madoc, ON

    I was thinking it would nice to have a Key Hole router bit. I thinking this make hanging stuff on the wall simple then buying hardware all the time.

    I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this router bit you could share with me.

    Greg

    #612549
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I used one for just that a few years ago. It would be a good match for the Colt with a plunge base.

    The key hole bit is a slick way to take the place of hanging hardware. It allows flush mounting of flat pieces, too.

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    #612550
    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this router bit you could share with me.

    Yep….they snap in half if you don’t take it easy!

    If you try to move the router through the wood too quickly, they will break as the narrow part of the shank is fairly small. To be fair, the one I broke was a Skil brand and obviously not as good as others out there. I currently have a Whiteside keyhole bit that I haven’t had the chance to use.

    The hanging method is great and allows flush mounting as Smallerstick mentioned! That much alone is worth the extra effort IMO.

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    #612553
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I used one for just that a few years ago. It would be a good match for the Colt with a plunge base.

    The key hole bit is a slick way to take the place of hanging hardware. It allows flush mounting of flat pieces, too.

    I don’t have the Bosch colt yet. But I do have the Dewalt 611 with plunge base. Yes was this would be slick way of hanging the Essential oil shelf I made for the wife. I like the idea of flush mounting.

    I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this router bit you could share with me.

    Yep….they snap in half if you don’t take it easy!

    If you try to move the router through the wood too quickly, they will break as the narrow part of the shank is fairly small. To be fair, the one I broke was a Skil brand and obviously not as good as others out there. I currently have a Whiteside keyhole bit that I haven’t had the chance to use.

    The hanging method is great and allows flush mounting as Smallerstick mentioned! That much alone is worth the extra effort IMO.

    It is good to know they could snap if not taking it easy. The quality of the bit might of helped. I would agree flush mounting is worth the effort.

    I think I will get one some I have for my next project to need to hang.

    Thanks

    Greg

    #612559
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Pro
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    I have used one fairly often for hanging items. they work pretty well.

    #612565

    I used one for just that a few years ago. It would be a good match for the Colt with a plunge base.

    The key hole bit is a slick way to take the place of hanging hardware. It allows flush mounting of flat pieces, too.

    I don’t have the Bosch colt yet. But I do have the Dewalt 611 with plunge base. Yes was this would be slick way of hanging the Essential oil shelf I made for the wife. I like the idea of flush mounting.

    That router will work well too. Much easier to do with a plunge base, but I have done it without a plunge base. I drilled a hole with a forstner bit first to the depth I set up the keyhole bit in the router, the slowly tipped the router into the hole. I had a guide set up on the left side so the router wouldn’t try to wander too much and I could run the router against the guide as I made the keyhole.

    #612572
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    If you need to make more than one hole to hang something with, what do you use to make sure the holes keep the item level? Just measure and mark? A jig on a router table (would that even work?)? Or does it have to be done free hand?

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    #612592
    roninohio
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    New Franklin, OH

    I have used the key hole bit and it works very nice. You have to be pretty accurate putting the nail or screw in the wall though . Especially if you have more than one hanger.

    #612627
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    I used one for just that a few years ago. It would be a good match for the Colt with a plunge base.

    The key hole bit is a slick way to take the place of hanging hardware. It allows flush mounting of flat pieces, too.

    I may have to look for this, would work great with my colt

    #612791
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    If you need to make more than one hole to hang something with, what do you use to make sure the holes keep the item level? Just measure and mark? A jig on a router table (would that even work?)? Or does it have to be done free hand?

    I saw a video where is was used on a router table.

    Greg

    #612827
    RonW
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    Holladay, Tn

    I have used the key hole bit and it works very nice. You have to be pretty accurate putting the nail or screw in the wall though . Especially if you have more than one hanger.

    I can see where this could be a problem getting everything level.

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    #612904
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I have used the key hole bit and it works very nice. You have to be pretty accurate putting the nail or screw in the wall though . Especially if you have more than one hanger.

    I can see where this could be a problem getting everything level.

    That, and hearing how easy they are prone to breaking has kept me from getting one.

    #612922
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I have used the key hole bit and it works very nice. You have to be pretty accurate putting the nail or screw in the wall though . Especially if you have more than one hanger.

    I can see where this could be a problem getting everything level.

    I guess it could be. But would be like anythings. Practice makes perfect.

    I have used the key hole bit and it works very nice. You have to be pretty accurate putting the nail or screw in the wall though . Especially if you have more than one hanger.

    I can see where this could be a problem getting everything level.

    That, and hearing how easy they are prone to breaking has kept me from getting one.

    Hearing how easy they are to break hasn’t stopped me from wanting want one. I would say there could be a number of reason that has cause the bit to break. Bit speed, feed rate and quality

    Greg

    #612930
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    If you need to make more than one hole to hang something with, what do you use to make sure the holes keep the item level? Just measure and mark? A jig on a router table (would that even work?)? Or does it have to be done free hand?

    I would do it free hand with a stop block to set the top of the keyhole. A simple block that registers against the top edge of the piece in question that could be slid along the top edge would ensure that the holes all end at the same point…thus being level.

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    #612946
    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Eastern shore of, Pa

    Bit speed, feed rate and quality

    Fast speed, slow steady feed, turn off router and let bit stop before backing out. Common sense comes into play more than bit quality. I have a Craftsman bit thats seen over 100 slots, some freehand with guide and stop but most on router table. It’s discolored from the heat but it still cuts and it’s still in one piece

    #612960
    cmeyer25
    Pro
    Bellingham, WA

    @jponto07 sounds easy enough…as long as my work is square to the top edge, lol! I’ve had that priblem before and didn’t realize until I tried to hang the thing…oh well, always learning 🙂

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    #612964
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    Bit speed, feed rate and quality

    Fast speed, slow steady feed, turn off router and let bit stop before backing out. Common sense comes into play more than bit quality. I have a Craftsman bit thats seen over 100 slots, some freehand with guide and stop but most on router table. It’s discolored from the heat but it still cuts and it’s still in one piece

    Thanks for adding this. I like that you added common sense is more then bits quality. Alot of times people for about using common sense. I have no experience using one.

    Greg

    #612968
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Bit speed, feed rate and quality

    Fast speed, slow steady feed, turn off router and let bit stop before backing out. Common sense comes into play more than bit quality. I have a Craftsman bit thats seen over 100 slots, some freehand with guide and stop but most on router table. It’s discolored from the heat but it still cuts and it’s still in one piece

    The fast speed isn’t necessary…and is the reason for the discoloration. A keyhole bit isn’t going to be able to eject chips efficiently and as a result, you end up “re cutting” all of the dust you’ve already cut. Add more speed, and you chop them up even more. Most router bits cut very well at low to medium speeds.

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