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#1 posted 10-02-2009 05:26 AM

Based on a recommendation in another posting, I just this week bought a double bearing bit from MLCS. It is 1/2” shank and 1/2” diameter. I screw a template / pattern to one side and use the bearings to guide the bit. Great thing about the double bearing is that you can flip the work and be routing in the right direction of grain so you don’t get tear out on rounded corners. (you have to raise and lower the bit to align with the pattern)

I know this is different from what you are trying, but the tear out at the corners by only having one direction to go in drove me crazy and I had to give up on it until I heard about the double bearing. I guess you could switch bits (upper bearing one and then lower bearing one) for each direction, but that really breaks the work flow.


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