Originally Posted by sf_basilix
. . . .My question to all the experienced router folks is this: Before I glue this up, should I route the solid wood edging as lose, individual pieces on the router table, or should I glue the whole thing up first and then route around the unit using the fixed base and hand? Keep in mind, that I used 45 degree angles to mate all 4 corners.
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I don't believe there is a single 'best' way for everyone.
You will probably get as many answers to this as there are people who answer -
and they will probably all be right
Your project sounds pretty typical of the stuff I do most often.
What works best - for me - is to mill (route) my trim first - before I do any cutting other than maybe rough lengths.
Then I miter it to length just like I would commercial stuff.
If your main concern is router tear out -
- doing it in this sequence - any tear out is going to be on your scrap. addendum- I just re-read your post and may have misunderstood your need. If you are talking about edging what amounts to the face frame on your piece rather than pieces of trim that will be added --- My vote - and my usual procedure in those cases - is to do it with hand held router after the frame is in place.
Many other answers will be forthcoming - pick what feels right to you.
And good luck -- sounds like an interesting piece.
Look forward to pictures.