My first cut ever with a router!
Took me 3 hours to figure out how to put everything together and do all the adjustments, practice the cut with the tool powered off, overcome the heebie-jeebies, then … do it! I’m very pleased with the result (template not nicked, clean cut, no wood burn). Woo-hoo!
I used a straight flush bit of 1 inch length and enclosed ball bearings. The “template” was a small oak board, and the cut piece was a thick scrap pine board.
Now, as you can see, there are little vertical ridges in the cut. That tells me that the speed of the cut was not uniform, and that maybe the edge of the “template” was not as smooth as it should have been. Next time I’ll be sure to sand the edge of the template.
I prepared as best I knew, with the diagram of the tool hung up for easy reference while I was putting everything together, and of course I had all my safety equipment on (face shield, goggles). I did not use the ear muffs because I was doing only one cut, plus I wanted to experience how the tool sounded, and I did not use the breathing mask either. Next time.
My next step: setup my routing table with the router, and especially, create some templates.
Ciao for now!
-- Christine G., Northern California