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#1 posted 04-27-2009 09:18 PM

the reason the table saw is the preferred method is cause the table saw’s cutting action is perpendicular to the board passing direction, where as a router cutting direction is INTO the board passing direction – in the case of the board between the bit and the fence, this force is applied into the board causing it to pinch against the fence, creating even more pressure than usual, and it only takes 1 time for that board to snap, or run away from you – and your hand and fingers will soon find out what a router bit spinning at 23000rpm can do to human flesh, AKA – why experience and time tests have chosen to use the Table saw for that operation and NOT a router table…

please , please , please – do not have a board between the router bit and the fence… its just really is THAT bad of an idea.

climb cutting poses some danger, but can be done, if you take light passes, but climb cutting a handheld router is one thing – pinching the board on a table between the bit and the fence is another…

the suggestions have been clearly stated here…. you will not get any other opinion in this case on this forum. it’s up to you to use it wisely, or try out your luck.

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