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Quick Tips #1: Using Both Sides of a Bit at a Router Table

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Blog entry by Matthew Morris posted 06-19-2015 05:43 PM 1704 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Did you know you could use both sides of a bit at the router table? In this quick tip I show you how.

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altendky

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#1 posted 06-20-2015 06:13 PM

For people that are not aware of this, I think it could easily be confusing that one of your sets of arrows points in the direction you will move the workpiece and the other set of arrows does not.

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#2 posted 06-20-2015 06:22 PM

I just double checked my video to make sure I didn’t make a mistake and my arrows are indeed in the direction I am moving the piece on the router table on both sides of the bit. Give it another look and let me know.


For people that are not aware of this, I think it could easily be confusing that one of your sets of arrows points in the direction you will move the workpiece and the other set of arrows does not.

- altendky

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com

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#3 posted 06-20-2015 06:28 PM

On the near side cut the bit cuts near the head of the arrow first and then moves to the tail. On the far side cut the bit cuts near the tail of the arrow, then the head. Alternatively, note that you are moving the wood right-to-left at first and then left-to-right despite all the arrows pointing right-to-left.

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#4 posted 06-20-2015 06:30 PM

Gotcha!


On the first cut the bit cuts near the head of the arrow first and then moves to the tail. On the far side cut the bit cuts near the tail of the arrow, then the head. Alternatively, note that you are moving the wood right-to-left at first and then left-to-right despite all the arrows pointing right-to-left.

- altendky

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com

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