I've experimented with the flute tool myself and got similar results. Unfortunately it doesn't do a step and centre the screw which I think from using pocket screws is quite important.
PaulRowntree wrote:Is this what you had in mind ? The notch is made with FlutePlus, and the screw seat is a drill path, all with a 0.125" EM. The screw head rests on a surface that is perpendicular to the screw axis.
another step would make the bottom truly flat if necessary
Bob Jr wrote:I've experimented with the flute tool myself and got similar results. Unfortunately it doesn't do a step and centre the screw which I think from using pocket screws is quite important.
Do you mean that step?:
It can easily be made bigger if needed.
Bob Jr wrote:OK, I guess I have too much time to play right now.
I tried out the fluted version of this toolpath. A .375" straight router bit was used for all three cuts in the pocket:1. long ramp, 2. short ramp under the screw head, 3. the point ledge. (I don't have ATC, and didn't want to do tool changes.) The pocket can be cut in 12 seconds. I cut back the feed rate to 50% on my machine, and it took 25 seconds. There was still a little smoke because each pass were done in one cut. I would use multiple passes in the future. I used .75" oak plywood, with a coarse thread and fine thread fastener.
I like the results:
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