|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 05-11-2015 10:05 PM||1541 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
05-11-2015 10:05 PM
I’m just starting out building my skill and confidence with my router table.
I understand fully the reasons and importance of feeding stock from right to left for an operation where the bit is just peeking out from behind the fence. (like using a round-over bit). Despite “knowing” that, I did have to learn it in a more practical sense when I was gradually bringing the bit up to full height in multiple passes. In this scenario there is a VERY strong tendency to do it properly on the first pass…pause at the left while raising the bit some, and then move back to the right. Have to remember to reset it back to the right before raising the bit.
Anyway, this post is about feed direction for a different kind of operation. When using a straight bit for a dado. Here, the notion of “climb cutting” doesn’t really seem to apply. Also, my limited experience suggests that the router “doesn’t always like” one direction. Sometimes the other direction is smoother. Seems to depend upon where you are across the width of the board and how the grain runs.
Is there any sort of a rule of thumb specific to this particular operation? Is there a way to figure out the “good” way without actually trying it?
Bonus question: If my router motor is variable speed, should I leave it at max speed for normal size bits? (i.e. not a shaper bit)
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.