Gentlemen I'm sure this is a novice question with a simple solution but I am relatively new to woodworking. I am making a custom shoe rack that involves routing of both sides of several 5-foot long oak boards. The routing went just fine on the narrower boards of 2 1/2 inch widths but on the 3 1/2 inch boards I keep getting tear out on the last inch to inch and a half. I made a sturdy backer board as I am getting to the end and used a ball bearing third hand support to hold the piece of the board that extends beyond the table. I am still getting tear out. I know the easy way would be to precut all my lengths two inches longer than I need just so I can cut those troublesome last inch or so. However that seems like cheating. I sure would like to do it right. Is handheld routing these cuts a better approach. Any help or suggestions is welcomed. Thanks.