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I have not done much with router except cutting dado's years ago. I'm wanting to put an ogee curve on the top of a box that I am making and it made me question if I should make multiple passes. I'm using a DeWalt 618 in fixed base in my table. I'll be using a bit that is about 1 1/2" in diameter. The 618 is a 2 1/4 hp router and I don't really know what it can take. Since I got it I've only cut some straght 3/8" for practice using the fence and table ( and my new OP guide). The box lid is black walnut.

I'd appreciate any advice about using these kinds of bits with this router.

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I would suggest two, one to remove most of the stock and one VERY light pass to remove any burn marks or to get the real clean profile in place ..

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I have not done much with router except cutting dado's years ago. I'm wanting to put an ogee curve on the top of a box that I am making and it made me question if I should make multiple passes. I'm using a DeWalt 618 in fixed base in my table. I'll be using a bit that is about 1 1/2" in diameter. The 618 is a 2 1/4 hp router and I don't really know what it can take. Since I got it I've only cut some straght 3/8" for practice using the fence and table ( and my new OP guide). The box lid is black walnut.

I'd appreciate any advice about using these kinds of bits with this router.

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While your router has enough power to do this in one pass I agree with BJ, removing the bulk of the material in the first pass will allow your bit to make a perfect clean up finishing cut.

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As it turns out, I had to use a 1" cove bit and used your suggestion anyways. Worked nice and clean. The Ogee that I had was in a group of used bits I bought and would not pass the finger nail test for sharpness that I've read here before. I'll be buying new quality bits from now on.

Thanks for the tips
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