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First off, hello all, happy to meet everyone. I'm looking forward to lots of clever and fascinating conversations, back and forth heated Q&As and getting to know everyone!

I'm a penmaker who is looking to expand my repetoire to furniture and design stuff. I bought a Bosch Router (1617) and a Skil table (RAS900). When I went to cut my first pieces of material, I was trying for even, though deep, flat cuts, basically turning a pen blank into a cross. I did it by running the material, then rotating and running again. When I did all 4, I could tell there was a problem. The ridge I left on the blank was uneven, higher on one side than the other. I'm not sure how that's even possible and I'm guessing I'm doing something naive and elementary wrong.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Again, nice to meet everyone, and thanks in advance for any help! I promise to carry my share of the water soon as I'm able
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I can't quite picture what you mean, but if the bit was not equal in height above the table and in depth to the fence, that would have the effect of making the cross asymmetrical, with one direction of the cut being shallower than the other. A simple adjustment and a practice run on scrap would tell the tale.

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Hi Jeff:

It sounds like your misteak (mistake?) was, you measured. Go back take much less of a cut and eyeball it. Sneak up on your final dimension. Don't try to make the whole cut at once. Remember, you have two adjustments: the height of the bit and the distance from the cutting edge of the bit to the fence face. Set one, try it, then set the other. Multiple gentle cuts and you'll waste less material.

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First off, hello all, happy to meet everyone. I'm looking forward to lots of clever and fascinating conversations, back and forth heated Q&As and getting to know everyone!

I'm a penmaker who is looking to expand my repetoire to furniture and design stuff. I bought a Bosch Router (1617) and a Skil table (RAS900). When I went to cut my first pieces of material, I was trying for even, though deep, flat cuts, basically turning a pen blank into a cross. I did it by running the material, then rotating and running again. When I did all 4, I could tell there was a problem. The ridge I left on the blank was uneven, higher on one side than the other. I'm not sure how that's even possible and I'm guessing I'm doing something naive and elementary wrong.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Again, nice to meet everyone, and thanks in advance for any help! I promise to carry my share of the water soon as I'm able

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