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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hi All.
I am a little bit confused, if I am using my router correctly.
I understand that you go in the oppersite direction, to the rotation of the cutter, (or that's what I believe to be correct).
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The base plate shows I think the direction of the cutter rotation, so therefore I need to move the router in the oppersite direction.
Is that correct ?
Many thanks
Dave.
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Think of it this way, if you have both hands on the handles, the part of the bit closest to your right hand will be moving toward you. That should help you visualize the rotation of the bit, so you are always moving the router so the bit is going forward on the side that is doing the cutting, against the cutter's motion.

If you are making a dado or a groove, use a straightedge, and move the router as if you were cutting a shape on the straightedge.

This helps me get through my routing day.

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Think of it this way, if you have both hands on the handles, the part of the bit closest to your right hand will be moving toward you. That should help you visualize the rotation of the bit, so you are always moving the router so the bit is going forward on the side that is doing the cutting, against the cutter's motion.

If you are making a dado or a groove, use a straightedge, and move the router as if you were cutting a shape on the straightedge.

This helps me get through my routing day.
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I was doing it right
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Hi Rebel - I always use a "right hand rule of thumb". Make a fist with your right hand, extend your index finger and thumb. Now, turn your hand palm down with your thumb pointing to the edge you want route or guide against and your index finger will point toward your correct direction of travel.

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Hi Rebel - I always use a "right hand rule of thumb". Make a fist with your right hand, extend your index finger and thumb. Now, turn your hand palm down with your thumb pointing to the edge you want route or guide against and your index finger will point toward your correct direction of travel.
Thank you from me too for that handy hint.....cheers, crowie
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This will not help in Routing. But when I was very young, my father taught me to use a right hand rule of thumb when backing up a trailer. You place your hands on the bottom of the steering wheel and the way the the thumbs move left or right is the way the trailer behind you is going to move that direction. No help, I know, just a rule of thumb.

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Hi Dave. As you look down at the router in your pic, the bit will be turning clockwise, just like the arrow points. If you were to be using a round over bit, for instance, with a bearing to guide it, and the work piece was on the other side of the router, you would go from left to right, so that the cutter was turning into the work. If you were dressing the entire circumfrence of a board that way, the router would be moved in a counter-clockwise direction all the way around it.
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Ideal explanation, Mike.

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The first photo was an Email tip from one of the magazines, the second photo is from one of the router manuals but I don't remember which one.

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