Spiral cutter, TSRW5 5.32. The spiral cutter is the ideal router bit to cut your box frame into two parts to form a lid and body. The spiral cutter is an off-the-shelf 4.0mm, solid carbide down-cut spiral, with 1/4″ shank.
Cut a lid from your box frame with two passes on your router table to get crisp, clean edges.
Enjoy doing most of your box making on your router table. The spiral cutter is one of ten box making cutters that we sell as individual items or in kits. The Master cutter kit has all the essential cutters for you to complete a large jewellery box like the one in the gallery.
Please note: postage will be added when we process your order.
Cutter, bearing and collet care:
Prolong the life of your equipment and save money by following these simple steps.
 Bearings: Before every box making session, place a drop of sewing machine oil in the bearing to keep it moist. Do not use a drying agent like CRC. The bearing is not sealed, so sawdust and grime build up over time. If you don’t keep the bearing clean, it will seize, causing damage to the cutter and your template.
 Cutters: Scrub the cutter blades and the outside surface of the bearing with a toothbrush to remove resin and dirt build-up.
 Collet: Clean the router collet in the same way, placing a small drop of oil inside the collet to dissolve resin build-up.
 Grub screws: Regularly check that the grub screw in the side of the cutter has not vibrated loose. Alternatively, use a product like ‘Loctite’ to fix the grub screw in place. Hint: to glue in a grub screw, do it over a light coloured cloth on a table. Position the screw hole over the flat edge on the cutter housing. Place a small drop of ‘Loctite’ in the hole and screw in the grub screw.
All Gifkins Dovetail cutters are designed for use in a table mounted router, and should not be used in a hand held router. We don’t guarantee cutters against breaking. The spiral cutter in particular, has a fine tip and should always be used in the table with a fence.
Take extra care to note the feed direction of the rebate cutter. With all cutting operations, the feed direction is opposite to the direction of motion of the cutting tips (i.e. opposite the direction of the tips as they enter the work piece).