So, I wanted to bevel fins and ended up with all this

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Buckeye

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I have a LOC VII in the works and wanted to bevel the wooden fins. Thought I would try a router this time, which I don't have. That sent me down this journey like a snowball down a hill:

I bought a router and table combo.​
I bought a kit of bits, plus two more special shallow angle taper bits at 15 deg and 11.25 deg.​
Routering fins puts your fingers in harms way, so I bought a nice push block.​
I needed a place for the router, so I built a mobile workbench that also doubles as a miter table with folding infeed and outfeed extensions.​
As I was building the workbench, I told myself that I needed some new blades for my table saw and circular saw. Saber saw blades, too.​
As I was building the workbench, I told myself that I needed a few more clamps.​
The routering made a lot of dust in my shop , so I purchased the "Dustopper" and worked up a cyclone separator rig for my shop vac. Bought a longer hose.​

This all started before Thanksgiving and I finally finished the fin bevels today. I could have hand sanded the damn bevels, saved a lot of money, and finished months ago!!!

Funkworks

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If it's any "consolation", I hand sanded 4 fins and it also took months. Mostly because I didn't have the patience to do more than 1 edge per week lol.

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Joshua Smith

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I have a LOC VII in the works and wanted to bevel the wooden fins. Thought I would try a router this time, which I don't have. That sent me down this journey like a snowball down a hill:

I bought a router and table combo.​
I bought a kit of bits, plus two more special shallow angle taper bits at 15 deg and 11.25 deg.​
Routering fins puts your fingers in harms way, so I bought a nice push block.​
I needed a place for the router, so I built a mobile workbench that also doubles as a miter table with folding infeed and outfeed extensions.​
As I was building the workbench, I told myself that I needed some new blades for my table saw and circular saw. Saber saw blades, too.​
As I was building the workbench, I told myself that I needed a few more clamps.​
The routering made a lot of dust in my shop , so I purchased the "Dustopper" and worked up a cyclone separator rig for my shop vac. Bought a longer hose.​

This all started before Thanksgiving and I finally finished the fin bevels today. I could have hand sanded the damn bevels, saved a lot of money, and finished months ago!!!

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But look at all you accomplished ultimately BTW, in my career field, we call this concept "yak shaving" https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=yak shaving

Buckeye

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Yeah, I enjoyed it all, and I now have some new toys. I just found the whole thing rather humorous. I also spent a lot of time internet searching for ideas and shopping (online and in person).

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David Schwantz

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Just kiddin, safety is first and foremost!!!!!!

Woody's Workshop

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Stationary belt sander, 30 seconds per fin, and that is all 6 bevels per fin. And to h\$ll with safety.
That's waaaaaay to clean a cut to by a belt sander!
That looks more like an oopsy with an Xacto or kitchen knife.

David Schwantz

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It was exacto. Just sayin that belt sander can have the fins beveled in 30 seconds.