Cutter Guide Tools
Using cutting guide tools to help with your carpentering needs for more precise results when you saw down a plank of wood or are preparing to have the measurements you want for what you are going to make. These tools have been great for making use of having the skills of a carpenter; the tools serve their purpose perfectly, and they make the work that involves creating houses with wooden frames go much smoother than with practical tools. Although they can be very expensive to afford, the tools have a lot of functions that render saws and pickaxes archaic.
Some people that are new to these kinds of tools may wonder what they would be, and how they work with carpentering overall. They may be in a variety of categories, but they are well known for being labeled as either circle guide tools or roller guide tools. The circle guiding tools are used mainly for creating perfect circles without having to worry about any incoherences when done by hand, while roller guiding tools help with lifting any heavy shipping crates or other items with a cable being connected to a crane.
Since both tools have clearly different purposes, they will be given an overview to a specific tool that falls under their categories. So for that, they will be checked over what they work on, where they've been inspired by, and how they function. For this article, the following tools that will be used as examples for the circle guiding tools and rolling guiding tools are the Jasper Circling Guides and the Greenlee CR25 Cable Roller Guide.
As mentioned above, the circle guide is one form of a cutting guide that specializes in creating perfectly round circles from a wood base. The Jasper Circle Guide comes in two different sizes, which helps with having to work with specific dimensions in mind. The smaller Jasper Model 200 Circling guide can make circles that measure either 2-1/4" or 18"-diameter in 1/16" increments. The smaller Jasper Model 200 Circling guide functions with a 1/4"-diameter router bit.
By contrast, the large Jasper Model 300 is made with the ability to create up to 184 different circular disks. The measurements go from 7" to 52-3/4"-diameter in 1/4" increments. For this specific tool, a 1/2"-diameter router bit is used for the Jasper Model 300. For those that want to have different bit sizes, they will have to do some quick thinking that will require them to have to make the jig work with a specific radius before creating a circle.
Before using a circling guide, you would want to have circling guides replace your baseplate and screw in the sizes that are made for either Model 200 or 300. Use a 1/4' diameter centering pin for the jig to be put onto the centered router bit properly. It should be noted that if you're using the Model 200 variant, the centering pin should be replaced with either a 1/4"-diameter bit or a solid-carbide upcut spiral router bit. Once that is done, you should tap out the centering disk; it should be worth pointing out that if the circling guide is being stored, the centering disk should be reinstall.
While the differences in size have Model 200 and 300 factor in with how the sizes would work for specific uses of cutting out circles, their functionality remains the same. Both come with a 1/8"-diameter pivot pin, which is used for drilling a 1/8" hole into the workpiece. It's suggested to use spacer blocks if you do not want to drill a hole in the workpiece. To route a circle after drilling the pivot hole, the circling guide should be placed onto the spot where the routing will take place on the workpiece.
With the circling guide having its overview done, the next cutting guide tool that will be observed will be the roller guide and the specific tool that will be used is the Greenlee CR25 Cable Guide. It is a part of a collection of premium tools as well as accessories made for installing network data cables but not for installing electrical power cables.
The CR25 Cable Guide is made out of a heavy-duty 12 gauge cold rolled steel and is also used for lifting up to 20 network data cables at once. This form of cable guide has 6 nylon rollers that help with making a smoothly done movement as well as prevent damage with a pull pin that makes both opening and closing the cable guide an easy thing to do. On top of all that, the adjustment clamp that is built that allows the CR25 to swivel in any position that you may want it to be in.
As you assemble the item from an included illustration for the Greenlee CR25 Cable Guide, the parts and the final assembly end up being a lot bigger than one would anticipate. To go with the operation of the cable guide, the CR25 must first be clamped onto either a tray or a joist so you can run the cables through the item. Once that is done, the bracket should then be closed before you proceed with installing the quick release pin. After that, you should pull the cables through the bracket. Once the assembly is completed, you must open the bracket of the CR25 and then lay the cables inside the trough before removing the CR25.
When going through the installation or operating the cable guide, it's advised that you have the bend radius go remain at 90 degrees, which means exceeding it is not suggested as it will damage the installation and render the item useless. When the cables are being used, it is recommended to not let the cables overstretch as they will be damaged with use, especially when holding items more than 25 pounds. All cables should be tightened well for more durability but not overtightened.