Routed Fingerhold - Best Practice?
I make cutting boards - a lot of them - for sale at local craft fairs. I route finger holds on the edge of most of the boards, and I have a problem.
Many of the boards I make are end grain, and when I route across those end grain boards with my router, I get tear-out. I've had boards with a great deal of tear-out that runs 1/4" deep, so I've been looking for a solution.
Here's my current sequence. Is it the best practice, or is there a better way? Oh wise ones, please help!
1. set up the router table with a bowl bit & end stops to define the length of the finger hold
2. mark the board to indicate the length of the routing
3. use a steel rule and utility knife to score the wood fibers across the length of the planned finger hold
4. nibble away at the routing, going no deeper than 1/16" per pass
Please advise how you would do it. I'm open to all suggestions, but I like the finger holds as designed. I get many positive comments from people that like them.
Last edited by rrrun; 02-14-2016 at 11:06 AM.
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