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As you can see from the pics in my build thread, I had a little trouble cutting the channel for my miter insert. Two questions arise:

1. On which side should your guide piece be? The far side or the near side of the cut?

2. Which way should the router be going for cutting a dado? Left to right? What if you are making the dado in two passes (Didn't have a wide enough bit)

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Pushing the router away from yourself the "fence" should be on the left side of the router, that way the rotation of the bit will keep the router agianst the fence. For two passes I would do the right side first then move the fence left for the next pass to keep from doing a "climb cut" which could cause the router to try to pull away from you. On an edge cut you always want to move ther router in the same direction as the cutting edge of the bit.
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Pushing the router away from yourself the "fence" should be on the left side of the router, that way the rotation of the bit will keep the router agianst the fence. For two passes I would do the right side first then move the fence left for the next pass to keep from doing a "climb cut" which could cause the router to try to pull away from you. On an edge cut you always want to move ther router in the same direction as the cutting edge of the bit.
Ah, ok. I did two things wrong then. Placing it on the left would have put it on the near side of the cut as I was standing (mistake #1, I had it on the far side), and my second mistake, I was pulling it from side to side rather than pushing away from me.

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Ah, ok. I did two things wrong then. Placing it on the left would have put it on the near side of the cut as I was standing (mistake #1, I had it on the far side), and my second mistake, I was pulling it from side to side rather than pushing away from me.

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You can go sideways, just keep the fence on the left side of the router when looking in the direction you are going to move the router.
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Ah, cool. thanks for that!

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