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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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Greetings Dave and welcome to the router forum. We are pleased to have you join us.

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Hello everyone,
I'm new to this forum also, and I am looking forward to learn a few router technics. The only thing I have ever done with a router is edge work, so I'm hoping to find some tips on make dovetail boxes and learning other route joints. From what I have seen so far this is the right place to be to find information.

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I also need to learn how to spell "techniques"
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Hi Dave,
First thing is to make sure you are using a carbide bit and that it's sharp. Second; do you have a variable speed router? If so, are you using a vertical or a horizontal bit? Whichever one you are using, slow down the router speed for a large diameter bit and make multiple passes increasing the depth each pass. If all else fails, find a piece of wood with a straighter grain configuration. Good luck and work safe.
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Slow down the bit, start with the end gain first and work your way around the panel, make multiple passes and if still doesn't work use a sacrificial piece of wood. I don't usually find the sarificial piece nessesary with panels but I have had problems occasionally with very dry pine. If you search the site you will find lots of good instructions on making raised panels.
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