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I'm relatively new to using a router. I'm building a cherry half moon table. I've made a 3/4 in. MDF template of the top and am planning to use it as a guide for cutting the cherry top. I'm using a Triton 2 1/4 hp router with a flush trim bit.

So my questions are:

1. How much of an overhang should there be between the MDF and the cherry?

2. What size bit should I use?

3. What speed should the router be set at?

4. What direction should I go in?

Any other tips would be helpful.


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Hi Paul and welcome. I am no authority on routing but I'll give you some starting points.
1. You should rough cut your cherry to just a bit wider then the template, (1/8" - 3/16") the less the bit has to remove the better, but you want enough to get a smooth even finish. A bandsaw or jigsaw will work to do the rough cut, depending on the table thickness.
2. The bit needs to be long enough to rout the depth of your table top plus have the bearing that will ride on the template. You don't mention the thickness of the table top. A half inch diameter flush trim bit should be more then sufficient.
3. Assuming you are using a 1/2" diameter or less bit, you can run the router at full speed. You may want to practice on some cherry cut off first to get the feel for the speed you need to move the router at to not cause burning or chatter. If you still have an issue with burning you may want to slow the bit speed a little.
4. When using a hand held router the rule is to move left to right. When mounted in a table you feed the stock right to left.
The best tip is to practice on some scrap first so you get a feel for the bit and the router. Don't practice on MDF as this will dull the bit. Make sure you have read the manual and know all the safety precautions.

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