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I have a Hitachi 3 hp variable speed table mounted router. I am currently making raised panel doors for my kitchen from birch stock. What is the best speed for making the raised panels? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

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rpms for router bit diameters are
1" dia. 24,000rpm
1 1/4 to 2' dia. 18,000rpm
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 16,000rpm
3' to 3 1/2 dia 12,000rpm
whats your cutter diameter ?
 

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Slower is better, in my humble opinion. The thing to remember is to slow down your feed rate and give the bit time to cut. Your router should not have any problems cutting the full profile, but I still like to raise panels in 2 passes.

Also, feather boards pushing down help you keep the stock firmly on the table, as some panel bits (especially those without back cutters) can tend to try to lift the work up.
 
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