I was playing around with my RT last night and decided to use it to cut a shallow rebate in the bottom of a small box, so that the bottom (approximately 4mm thick) could sit flush in the recess. I set the RT up so that the stock (about 6mm thick, 80mm x 300mm) would pass between the bit and the fence. I used my feed direction rule (ie palm up, make a 'gun' with thumb and index finger : thumb points at fence, index finger points to feed direction) so established the feed direction. Being a RT newbie, I put two feather boards on (one vertical, one horizontal) and used a push stick The stock didn't feed smoothly at all - it almost "jumped" through in short bursts, and when I examined the cut, you could see if wasn't a nice smooth cut. I was puzzled as thought I had done it properly - although I possibly removed too much material at once. Anyway, here's what I did - could someone please give me some feedback? First attempt:depicted in Diagram A
Looking at it now, it seems that I was feeding with the bit rotation - which is wrong (correct?) - but why did it jump through, and not shoot away? Maybe because the stock was being squeezed between bit and fence - or maybe the feather board slowed things? Second attempt : depicted in Diagram B
Again, looking at it now - this appears the right feed direction - but this produced a worse cut than Diagram A's setup - in fact the stock took off (albeit slowly) and heading off away from the fence, chewing though the lower edge of the box's side. Were both of these attempts incorrect?? Should I not be placing the stock between the fence and the bit??
So I made two more diagrams (C & D) - I haven't tried these yet. If I indeed shouldn't have been placing the stock between the fence and the bit, then Diagram C looks like the one I should use - correct?