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Please dont laugh at this question as I am new to the router world and just starting out. I bought a Craftsman router and router table and after reading the directions and setting it up I am a bit confused. It says the the router bit should "turn" into the work. Well after setting it up and installing the bit, the direction of feed makes it so the wood is going "with" the direction the bit is turning not against it. Is this right? Did I set something up wrong? I dont want to shoot anymore boards across the garage. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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If you stand in front of your router table the fence should always be on the back side of the bit or just under the fence, you should not run the stock between the bit and the fence,it's called traping the stock/bit and will shoot the stock out the end,always push the stock from your right to your left by the bit ..the bit will always turn counter clockwise on a router table and pull the stock into the fence so to speak ..

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Please dont laugh at this question as I am new to the router world and just starting out. I bought a Craftsman router and router table and after reading the directions and setting it up I am a bit confused. It says the the router bit should "turn" into the work. Well after setting it up and installing the bit, the direction of feed makes it so the wood is going "with" the direction the bit is turning not against it. Is this right? Did I set something up wrong? I dont want to shoot anymore boards across the garage. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
Hi Jeff - Welcome to the forum
Sounds like you have already experienced the result of "trapping the stock". Glad you didn't get hurt. Unlike a table saw, never get the stock between the bit and the fence. Table saw blade spins around a horizontal axis so the teeth are coming toward you and down, the table keeps the stock supported. The router is spinning around a vertical axis so at the fence, they are traveling the same direction you are feeding and will tend to take over.

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Did you plug it in the right way?

Just kidding. As Bob said, looking at the top of the bit in the table, the spin will be counterclockwise. Thus, at the leading side of the bit exposed by the fence, feeding the stock in from right to left will be feeding against the rotation of the bit. In contrast, feeding from left to right would be with the direction of bit rotation, and would likely grab the wood and fling it off to the right. The danger comes from the fact that the work piece might also pull your fingers into the bit, forcing you to change your user name to Stubby.

The only time you should have stock between the bit and the fence is when cutting a dado, where the bit is hidden beneath the surface of the work piece. In that case, the forces are balanced by the cuts on both surfaces, so no zing into the shop wall, or through the heart of any vampire who may be standing in the wrong spot. Be very careful when doing this, however.

Using push blocks, feather boards, and similar accessories will go a long way toward keeping you safe and intact.

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