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I need to cut 1/2" stopped coves on the corners of a piece of oak 2" by 4". I intend to make several passes. Would it be better to raise the bit to it's full height and move the fence back gradually or have the fence back fully and raise the bit gradually, or does it matter ? Oldrusty
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Unless it's a really large cove I usually go for one pass. Is there a typo? I read that as 2" x 4". That's a really small piece for a stopped cove.
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set the fence to final cut...
raise the bit progressively for the cuts...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Unless it's a really large cove I usually go for one pass. Is there a typo? I read that as 2" x 4". That's a really small piece for a stopped cove.
that's a small piece for any cut on a router table. I flinch just thinking about it.

Measure twice, cut once and CROSS OUT THE WRONG MARKS.
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that's a small piece for any cut on a router table. I flinch just thinking about it.
there are a slew of ways to hold small parts....
#1 method...


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Charles, I'm not sure what you mean by a small piece. The measurements are just thickness and width when viewed from the end, the length can be any measurement. Al
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I use push blocks whenever I can to hold the piece down on the table.

I like the idea of raising the cutter a little at a time and make several passes until you get the desired result.

That was my method when I built the base trim for the liquor cabinet.
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set the fence to final cut...
raise the bit progressively for the cuts...
I agree with Stick. That way after each cut you can check your progress. I have stopped at a certian point that I liked better than the full cut.

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Measure once cut twice and it's still to short.
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Charles, I'm not sure what you mean by a small piece. The measurements are just thickness and width when viewed from the end, the length can be any measurement. Al
Okay. To me the measurements meant width by length. 3/4" was what I assumed the thickness to be. Still, a 1/2" cove is not a particularly large profile for a router to cut unless it is a quite small router. You might want to leave a small finish cut for the last pass to finish with and hopefully achieve a better finish but as Stick pointed out recently that may dull your bit faster so you may have to decide where the best trade off is.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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