Great hobby, always something to learn!
I am still a beginner when it comes to using a router, one problem I have yet to resolve is how to rout against the grain and not have tear out.
I am building kitchen cupboard using face frame construction and am having problems when routing the raised panels. The ends and one side are no problem it is the last side that tend to tear out. Living in northern Canada, I suspect my wood is too dry which is making the problem worse than normal.
I know I could use a climb cut, but I am really reluctant to use this since, I have had experience with the piece getting out of control, ruining the piece and my tranquility...
Thoroughly enjoy the craft though, always new things to try.