I’ve been remaking all of my sister’s raised panel Oak doors for her kitchen cabinets. There are about 25 of them and I’ve got them 2/3 completed over the past few months working on and off. Today I was working on three of them; long ones. Rails and stiles came out fine and I had to glue up two boards to make the center raised panels. While I was routing the edge of the raised panels two of them chipped out enough so that I can’t use them. This has happened once before about a month ago too. Seems that sometimes I get a board that is just brittle. It’s red oak and I purchase it un-planed to save money from a very good domestic and exotic wood supplier. Sometimes it’s just brittle. I have the router set at the right speed and the bit is not dull and I’m taking tiny bites. About 1/8” at a time.
My solution is to cut the chip out off and re-glue another section on the doors. I did this once for a door that this happened to awhile back. In this case it’s about 2 1/2 inches. then I’ll re-plane it and rout the new edges.
It’s a small thing but it sure puts a crimp in your plans to move ahead. If anyone has any experience with this and tips beyond hoping for Oak that doesn’t chip much let me know. Thanks.
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