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I m going to use my router table for cutting a Ogee. I have the direction with the grain ok, but not sure which corner of the board is best to cut the Ogee. Should I cut across the growth rings or with them? I am working with Red Oak that looks like it was Rift cut. The angle of the growth rings are at 50 degrees. The angle of the growth rings and the width of them almost fill the Ogee pattern. If I cut with the rings, most of the molding will show Heartwood i.e. dark and coarse; a slightly deeper cut gets me mostly into sapwood. Cutting from the other corner would put the pattern cutting mostly across the heartwood and I think a better looking finished product. What is the general practice among the pros here? Thanks
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I m going to use my router table for cutting a Ogee. I have the direction with the grain ok, but not sure which corner of the board is best to cut the Ogee. Should I cut across the growth rings or with them? I am working with Red Oak that looks like it was Rift cut. The angle of the growth rings are at 50 degrees. The angle of the growth rings and the width of them almost fill the Ogee pattern. If I cut with the rings, most of the molding will show Heartwood i.e. dark and coarse; a slightly deeper cut gets me mostly into sapwood. Cutting from the other corner would put the pattern cutting mostly across the heartwood and I think a better looking finished product. What is the general practice among the pros here? Thanks
I've made a lot of furniture from red oak and I have never worried too much about grain orientation in routing. As long as the bit is sharp you should be fine either way. I would consider the top exposed side and how much will be showing and choose the option for the side that best matches the flat top.
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I m going to use my router table for cutting a Ogee. I have the direction with the grain ok, but not sure which corner of the board is best to cut the Ogee. Should I cut across the growth rings or with them? I am working with Red Oak that looks like it was Rift cut. The angle of the growth rings are at 50 degrees. The angle of the growth rings and the width of them almost fill the Ogee pattern. If I cut with the rings, most of the molding will show Heartwood i.e. dark and coarse; a slightly deeper cut gets me mostly into sapwood. Cutting from the other corner would put the pattern cutting mostly across the heartwood and I think a better looking finished product. What is the general practice among the pros here? Thanks



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