Routing intricate shapes on the router table
Hi, this is my first post in Router Forums, though I have been lurking for a while and have been truly impressed by the quality of the posts I've read. I'm hoping someone can help with a problem I've been experiencing with routing intricate shapes in oak on the router table. The shape is so curved that that the router bit contact point is constantly changing from long grain to end grain, and back again.
I am using a template of the shape required, and a router bit with a top mounted bearing to follow the template which is, of course, attached to the oak with double sided tape. Twice now the wood has broken off when the bit encounters a transition from long grain to end grain. I should mention that the wood is 3/4" thick, but only 1/2' across at the break point.
I know I am doing something wrong for this to be happening, and yes I'm concerned about the safety aspect for sure as I'm really sentimentally attached to all my digits. I'm putting this project aside until I feel comfortable trying again, and won't do so unless some kind person in this forum can advise a better, safer method.
FYI, I have a Veritas router table, and a Bosch 2-1/4 H.P router setup. The bit is sharp and correctly adjusted for height and speed etc.
I'm looking forward to your assistance in this, and thanks in advance for any advise you can offer.