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#1 posted 09-20-2020 08:43 PM

Duck isn’t wrong, sounds like he prefers to do them on a router table. I really like to do them hand held.

I see it as, the breakdown of work as bring tool to the work, or work to the tool is the first decision. Can you show a pic if what you will be doing, or better describe the actual job in terms of size, weight. More info will help you do this safely, and accurately. Type of router, does it have an edge guide? Size of project, and is it just straight lines, or is it curved?

Fact is: You can rout the edge of a board with the bit, and just running it flat, and FLUSH to the table top. It is possible you will find the router “tippy” meaning it wants to roll off the edge, and this will mar your cut, and could be a safety concern. For hand held use, most folks use an edge guide when hand held routing is how they are going to do it. The guide will work wonderfully on flat, straight edges, going around curves could prove to be a bit of a challenge. Especially on a first attempt.

I really like the Porter Cable edge guide, but know, if you don’t have a PC router, it may not fit everything out there, so at that point, you have to see what that brand of router offers.

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