Woodworking Skills & Stuff: #4: Is climb-cutting with a router safe? How to keep your fingers!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 12-17-2016 05:16 PM 2651 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some good tips about knowing which direction to run a router, and when climb-cutting is not only safe, but useful!

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#1 posted 12-17-2016 05:39 PM

Safe as using a radial arm saw :>/

I climb cut all the time. Most of the time when I’m doing a profile like a roman ogee or any other decorative profile, it helps remove the bulk of the material and prevents the splintering. Sometime I climb cut two or three passes depending on what I’m cutting.
Like doing any procedure, It depends on your experience and knowledge taking everything into consideration as your making the cut. You have to be able to read the cut as your making it. If your reading it right, it can be safe.

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#2 posted 12-17-2016 06:11 PM

I rarely do climb cut. However, since I do a lot with Beetle Kill Pine and red cedar, multiple passes and great caution must be used on the edges.

Good video sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-17-2016 07:31 PM

Great video !!! I do that all the time with round projects or wild grain wood. It will as you said save your project. It does take a little more time but is worth it. I have even done it when not really needed just to be safe on a nearly complete project.

Like your videos and even after woodworking for 40 years I still learn from them. Keep up the good work!!

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#4 posted 12-17-2016 07:37 PM

I know all this but haven’t had a need to use these tips for many years so it’s nice to go over them again and refresh my memory.
Great post! Thanks!

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#5 posted 12-17-2016 10:51 PM

Great explaination of “climb cut” and visual explaination of how a bit operates.

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#6 posted 12-17-2016 10:52 PM

Good video

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#7 posted 12-17-2016 11:07 PM

Good stuff, thanks Stumpy!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#8 posted 12-17-2016 11:57 PM

Great video on climb cutting—unfortunately I’ve learned all these lessons the hard way…......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 12-18-2016 01:27 PM

that’s awesome stumpy! I don’t use my router enough so I’ve bookmarked your video :) The visuals are a huge help!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#10 posted 12-18-2016 04:44 PM

Thanks for the comments!

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#11 posted 12-18-2016 05:56 PM

I’m with Beka, and don’t use the router much. I once marked my router with an arrow to indicate either direction of rotation or travel. It’s been so long I’ve forgotten which. Maybe this video will remind me. Thanks Stumpy!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 12-18-2016 07:11 PM

Outstanding video…

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#13 posted 06-30-2017 01:42 AM

I climb cut pretty much all the time. I have had to many tear outs with push cuts so I practiced and became comfortable with climb cutting. Once you get used to what the router wants to do on a climb cut it is not bad at all. The only thing is that you need to play closer attention to what you are doing. If not it will take you for one hell of a ride!!


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