How to Rout a Slot through the Center of a Workpiece

One of the quickest and easiest ways to rout a slot in the center of a workpiece is to use the router table, like you see in the photo below.

Routing a Slot

I started by laying out the length of the slot on the workpiece. Then, using a drill press, I drilled a ⅜&#34 starter hole at one end of the layout, as shown in detail ‘a’ below. A second hole drilled at the other end marks the bottom of the slot.

After drilling the holes, you

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