Burt, what is the power rating of your router? What kind of wood did you use? Did you cutting with the grain or cross grain? If you cut with the grain, what is left is at its weakest, and the vibration from the router would explain the "explosion". If you do not have skis, and I would be very surprised if you do, make the cut with a hand-held router using a template and guide bushing, as Harry's pictures show. If you do not have guide bushings you can also set up guide boards against which you move the router as you make the cut. 3/8 inch is not too deep to make in one cut so if you have the workpiece elevated above the table, as Harry's pictures show. If the workpiece is held securely in place there should be no problem with the cut.
Havng been a devoted viewer of the Router Workshop, (they now show more Sewing with Nancy) I have seen several times how the box shown by Bobj3 is made.
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Last edited by TWheels; 01-11-2011 at 09:45 AM.