Handbook - Cutting, Routing and Drilling

Cutting

  • Carbide-tipped blades with fewer teeth are preferred (32 tooth blade optimal).
  • Rough cut edges are typically caused by excessive friction, poor board support, or worn/improper tooling.
  • (See Technical Bulletin C-1 for more information).

Routing

  • Standard wood working carbide-tipped bits with multiple flutes are recommended.
  • Secure VERSATEX to a fixed object before routing.
  • Tip: Sand with 320 grit sand paper and wipe down cuts with solvent to clean and “reseal” cells to reduce dust and dirt build-up.
  • Tip: When making 90° inside cuts, use tooling that creates a small radius rather than 90° angles to prevent stress cracking.
  • Tip: Spray router and yourself with Static Guard to keep dust off you and your equipment.
  • We recommend speeds of 8,000 RPM’s or greater. We have found that the higher the RPM, the smoother the surface of the milled VERSATEX board. We recommend feed rates between 40 and 60 FPM, depending on material thickness,the profile being cut, and tooling wear. Too fast a feed rate will lead to surface chatter.
  • It is important that the board be held in place during the routing to prevent or minimize material vibration. Vibration will lead to chatter lines across the face of the moulding profile produced.
  • Tip: Maintain sharp tooling. Worn tooling or tooling with chips will create a ripping or chatter look in the core of the cellular PVC board. This can also lead to softening or gumming of the core due to heat build-up.
  • (See Technical Bulletin C-1 for more information).

    Drilling

    • VERSATEX can be drilled using standard woodworking drill bits. Do not use drill bits made for rigid PVC.
    • Point angle - 90°-110°, spiral angle -30°, Relief angle -10°
    • Remove shavings periodically from a drill hole as necessary to avoid frictional heat build-up.
    • (See Technical Bulletin C-1 for more information).