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I am totally new to routing, so thought I would ask what is the most important lesson experienced guys learned? In other words, what dumb mistakes can you help a newbie like myself avoid?
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Arithmetic errors are the most costly timewise/materialwise.
So study linear algebra.
Climbcutting on the router table second worst.
And trap cutting the third dumbest.
Are there more? Hundreds.
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Avoid personal injury.....

Always make sure the Router is unplugged when your fingers are anywhere near the cutter. DO NOT rely on just the switch.

I also recommend some respitory and eye protection when routing.

Welcome to the forum, keep the questions coming.

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Thank you for joining us, Niall.

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I agree with Both Pat and Doug. In case you don't understand what Pat was referring to, climb cutting is when you try to rout in the wrong direction and the router bit tries to feed itself into the work. The router will try to pull you along with it. Routing in the right direction you will meet a little resistance.
Trapping a board is referring to routing on a table mounted router where your board is between the router bit and the fence. This is a very bad practice that can result in personal injury and a damaged router. Any time you are not sure if what you are doing is safe, just ask. There are safe ways to do just about any routing job and someone (or many) will offer advice.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Pat,

All I could say after seeing your site was WOW!

You are a very clever fellow.
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Arithmetic errors are the most costly timewise/materialwise.
So study linear algebra.
Climbcutting on the router table second worst.
And trap cutting the third dumbest.
Are there more? Hundreds.
One BIG help on preventing measurement errors is to make accurate drawings. A good CAD program will greatly help here. Even with published drawings you can't be sure. I always "build" my project on the computer before I physically make them.
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Measure twice, cut once...

In doing circles, it is NOT "measure diameter twice, divide by two in head, cut once" as you will see in the link below!!

Recent Project - BT3Central Forums

It was perfect the second time--when i divided 18 3/4 by two and got 9 3/8 instead of 8 3/8!!
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