slot cutter newbie questions
So I am onto making the doors for my latest project and a few weeks ago I picked up a 1/4" slot cutter (3 wing) because I figured it would be faster/easier than using a 1/4" router bit or running the stiles and rails on the table saw. I have done both of those operations before but liked the bearing depth control of the slot cutter idea. So now for the newbie questions/problems. The first test piece I fed it into the bit with the end about even with the center of the bearing. That didn't last long untill the piece of wood was kicked back and out of my hands. ouch! The next piece I fed in a little further up the piece and it bottomed out on the beading and fed alright but there was a lot more resistance than other bits I have used. I was going slow in both cases but I am wondering if I was still going too fast. Router was at full speed for the first piece and about 4 out of 6 for the second.
I figured I would hang it up for the day and try again tomorrow, it is my experience that most accidents take place at the end of the day when people are tired.
So are there any tips for using slot cutters? Should I set it up with the fence and take a few passes? Should I set up the featherboards and just plow (slowly) right into the end of the stock?