I thought I would jump in with safety week and share my trick for remembering which direction I want my router going. This might be old news to many of you but I came up with this on my own and it works for me.
I use my right hand. I point my thumb to the edge that I’m going to be cutting and my index finger points in the direction the router needs to go. If I’m routing around the outside edge of a piece the I touch my thumb to the outside edge and I end up routing in a counter clockwise direction. If its the inside edge, say the inside of a circle, then my right thumb points to the edge I want to cut and I route in the direction my index finger points and I’m now going clockwise around the inside. OH VERY IMPORTANT your palm must face down but thats the natural position of your right hand anyway so its easy to remember.
On the router table its the same rule. Right thumb to the material and then move the wood in the direction of your index finger. I often use my router mounted in the table with a bearing and no fence so this rule does help in this situation.
Recap: Right hand, palm down, thumb to the edge of the material your cutting, move in the direction that your index finger is pointing. (whether your moving the router or the material its the same rule) If your holding the router then the router is right side up and you move the router in the direction of your finger. If your router is mounted in the table (obviously NOT moving and upside down) then you move the material in the direction of your finger.
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