First, I want to thank you for reading this and offering your wisdom.
I am a novice woodworker and have come up with a hurdle in my current project. I am building a cradle out of Red Oak, which is the hardest wood I’ve worked with so far. The problem I am having is routing around curves. If I route into the grain on a curve, my wood keeps splitting and ruining the piece I’m working with. (see picture)
On the other hand, I’ve tried doing a climbing cut to keep this from happening, but the wood is so hard that my router keeps wanting to take off (climb) and the jolts from the climb also split or bugger up the wood. (sigh)
-- - In Christ