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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Just wondering, when routing a stile and rail, for glass insert, which profile do you all route first on the rail. Do yo route the ends with the female cut, or do you route the tops and bottom with the male cut. I'm working with red oak and would like to minimize my chances for splitting.


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Ok I am jumping in with a wild guess so take my answer with a grain of salt. Most routing operations you rout the end grain first. The proceedure is usually end grain, long grain, end grain, long grain. This is suppost tp prevent tear out. But wait for an expert answer before you do this.
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Freud suggests cutting the cope on the ends of the rails first.

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When routing the end grain, use a backer piece of scrap. Doing end-long-end-long gives you a chance to repair tearout when you do the long grain after the end.

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Thanks. I followed the frued instructions and used a backer board. Job turned out very well.

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