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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-21-2010, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to be making a 17 inch on a side triangular table top from clear Alder with a template and edge trimmer. It will be an equilateral triangle with the grain perpendicular to one side. That results in kind of an end grain on all of the three sides.

I am concerned about the direction of the off table routing movement. I know that outside movement is generally counter clockwise, inside the opposite. Does that still apply since I would be going "against" the grain on one leg of the triangle, with the grain on another, and across the grain on the third. Should the direction be reversed where the bit would tend to lift the grain? Would I be better to try to flip the table top and route the third edge from the opposite surface of the top? Would small cuts minimize the problem? Is there even reason for concern?

I really don't want to mess this one up. Thanks for any help or advise.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-21-2010, 02:39 PM
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Would rout with collar and plunger & I would climb cut.
Making the plunge steps at a minimum, say ~3/32"/pass, you can rout CC or CCW without the machine trying to self feed.
Try on scrap first; expect few surprises.
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