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I have a stupid question. How do you tell which way your router turns. When I'm looking at my router and the Brand name faces me is that the proper positon. IE: If i'm looking at the brand name and want to go counter-clockwise on a outside edge is this the proper way so that the router turns in into the wood. I'm really feeling stupid for asking this but I keep getting confused and end up with not always clean cuts.

Thanks for the help and the patience,

Gord :confused:
 

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CANMIL said:
I have a stupid question. How do you tell which way your router turns. When I'm looking at my router and the Brand name faces me is that the proper positon. IE: If i'm looking at the brand name and want to go counter-clockwise on a outside edge is this the proper way so that the router turns in into the wood. I'm really feeling stupid for asking this but I keep getting confused and end up with not always clean cuts.

Thanks for the help and the patience,

Gord :confused:


This reminded me of a little trick I learned a while back. Whenever I have to stop and think about the right direction to feed the router, all I do is look down at my right hand. I simply hold my right hand with the knuckles up and my thumb extended out, see drawing. Then I orient my hand so my thumb is pointing to the edge of the workpiece or the edge of the fence. My index finger will automatically be pointing in the direction I need to move the router.

By the way, this also works with a router table, as well. But since the router is suspended upside-down, I simply flip my hand over, so it's also upside-down. This time, when my thumb points to the router bit, my finger points in the direction I need to feed the workpiece, which is usually right to left.

Have a great weekend,
Jon Garbison
Online Editor, Woodsmith
 

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With the router in its normal position the bit turns clockwise,upside down table mounted it turns counter clockwise. The normal feed direction is against the rotation of the bit,which means on the outside edges you would move the router counter clockwise,on the interior move the router clockwise. Sorry to be so wordy.
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CANMIL said:
Thank you very much Jon for the info and the picture(it's going up on my workshop wall). You have yourself a great weekend too.

Gord
GordL,
I must appologize to you and Jon. Not that you didn't find it useful,but the fact that I am not Jon :eek: . I saw your post earlier this morning. Not being quite awake and in a bit of a hurry i copied the above from
here

just a fluke that he signed it have a great weekend ;)

so to you and all here from ME sorry and
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND
 

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When is not right to left movement of the piece on the table?



This reminded me of a little trick I learned a while back. Whenever I have to stop and think about the right direction to feed the router, all I do is look down at my right hand. I simply hold my right hand with the knuckles up and my thumb extended out, see drawing. Then I orient my hand so my thumb is pointing to the edge of the workpiece or the edge of the fence. My index finger will automatically be pointing in the direction I need to move the router.

By the way, this also works with a router table, as well. But since the router is suspended upside-down, I simply flip my hand over, so it's also upside-down. This time, when my thumb points to the router bit, my finger points in the direction I need to feed the workpiece, which is usually right to left.

Have a great weekend,
Jon Garbison
Online Editor, Woodsmith[/QUOTE
Is there an exception to the general rule of thumb?
 
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