Spinout due to inappropriate bit depth?
I'm very new to routing, so please bear with me a bit (no pun intended). I'm usually quite handy with power tools in general, but I'm having trouble getting a hang on using this router.
I have a 1.25HP (Dewalt DWP611) router, which I'm using to route a straight groove/track along a solid piece of wood. The track should be 3/4-in wide and 5/8-in deep. To do this, I bought a 3/4-in diameter straight bit, and set it to 5/8-in depth.
The problem is, I have a lot of trouble holding the router down. It keeps trying to spin out. That seemed dangerous so I stopped, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong.
I tried to follow all the basic beginner steps. The work piece is clamped. The fence is clamped. I was also routing right-to-left (facing the fence) (though afterwards I also tried going left-to-right to see if that helps and it didn't). The bit is new so it's sharp. I tried different speeds and didn't really find one that helped much.
So I'm thinking, is 5/8-in too deep for a 3/4-in bit and a 1.25HP router? Should I do multiple passes, increasing the depth each time? Or use a narrower bit and do multiple passes to get it wider?
I also probably need some practice using the tool, so can someone suggest an easy/safe bit type/diameter/depth combination for my router, that won't spin out, that I can use to practice on scrap wood and get comfortable with the tool?