Originally Posted by iamtherealmungo View Post
The problem I am having is once I've smoothly exited the cut on some end grain, I then need to start the cut either near end grain and I never know where to put my hands during this!
The work piece needs to be fed clockwise around the anti-clockwise cutter, but how is it best to enter the cut, and once the cut is entered,I still need to apply all the "pushing" force from the right hand side of the bit which feels more dangerous than pulling the material away from the cut to the left hand side.
Can anyone give me a few pointers on how they would tackle this? how would they hold it, how would they enter the cut on the end of the workpiece safely? and basically how do I avoid an accident? I don't feel very confident when I'm pushing the workpiece rather than pulling it away from the bit.
Took me a few rereads but I think I've got it now. I mostly only use plywood, but run into some of the same stuff with my canes. To start with, I rout my canes from the bottom of the shaft, to the handle. Straight shaft, no problem, I hold the blank with my right hand, and position my left hand behind the shaft, I do not hold it with my left hand. The left hand pushes the shaft onto the bit and the right pushes it along. Then when I get a few inches from the handle, which is never like your regular cane, not when you consider one of them is titled grumpy fish.
When I get that far, then I hold the shaft with my left hand, and push into the bit with my right, slowly, and shallow cuts, rotating the shaft to the left, toward my left side. Then shift the cane to my right side, hold the shaft with my right hand near the end, and then several inches below the handle with my left hand, again shallow cuts, until the handle is routed out. Then handle to the left, and rout the other side. Works very well for me, and I have no issues.
NOTE: I am not telling you to do it this way, I am telling you how "I" do it. Probably you can get better advice on this from one of the other guys.
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