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Unhappy router table throwing wood ?

never mind... i figured it out. i was feeding the wood behind the bit instead of infront.
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Thank goodness you are ok! That is a very dangerous situation.

Is that to be a planter?

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Most people get used to feeding right to left on a router table but if you are feeding between the bit and fence then that is the wrong way, it should be from left to right in that case. As Mike said, this a really dangerous practice that is referred to as trapping the wood. Even if you were feeding the correct direction, if the board moved away from the fence in mid-cut it would still get thrown. Keep most of the bit behind the fence and you won't have to worry about it.

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Most people get used to feeding right to left on a router table but if you are feeding between the bit and fence then that is the wrong way, it should be from left to right in that case. As Mike said, this a really dangerous practice that is referred to as trapping the wood. Even if you were feeding the correct direction, if the board moved away from the fence in mid-cut it would still get thrown. Keep most of the bit behind the fence and you won't have to worry about it.
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Most people get used to feeding right to left on a router table but if you are feeding between the bit and fence then that is the wrong way, it should be from left to right in that case. As Mike said, this a really dangerous practice that is referred to as trapping the wood. Even if you were feeding the correct direction, if the board moved away from the fence in mid-cut it would still get thrown. Keep most of the bit behind the fence and you won't have to worry about it.
And the piece will get pulled away from the fence as the rotation of the bit will be pulling the work piece away from the bit when trapping the piece.

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That's true Mike. I was thinking of a video I saw on you tube where Bill Hylton did it but he also had another fence on the outside preventing that from happening.

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I recently had a piece of half inch plexiglass go flying across the room at quite a velocity in the same situation . Tell you truth , I wasn't aware that your not supposed to have material between the fence and bit?
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I just had that happened to me, using a 3/4" straight bit, trying to cut a dado ..

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Hi Bill and welcome. There was a podcast a while back from one of the editors of Fine Woodworking where he fed the wrong way without thinking about it because he was so used to feeding right to left on a table. He had cut a dado which was fine but he needed to widen it and moved the fence so that he was cutting the outside of the groove. In that case feed direction should have been left to right instead. Had he cut the outside of the channel first and then the inside of the channel he would have been fine. Feed direction would have still been right to left in that case. Feed direction should always be against the rotation of the bit.

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yup that's what I did, well just started getting into woodworking. I needed a hobby..

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