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Although many will use different depths of cut, I find it's something you get used to depending on the material.
You would make a shallower cut in a hardwood than you would on a softwood.
I like to use a bit of waste wood to try a few cuts on before going to the workpiece.
That way I can get the feel of the wood first.
I spent all my working life in a toolroom mainly using a vertical mill which is like a huge overhead router.
When you are cutting 5% chrome steel you soon learn to get the feel of the material you are cutting or the cutters will overheat and break.
 
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