Is you going the right way or is you going the wrong way?
Yes, but they are using a hand router from above, not a table router from below.OK, now I m really confused. On Woodcraft s "Understanding Router Feed Direction," it says: When working around the inside edges of a cutout on a router table, feed the workpiece counterclockwise, against the bit's rotation.
(Link is https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/understanding-router-feed-direction#:~:text=Feed%20Direction%20For%20Router%20Tables&text=On%20a%20router%20table%2C%20bits,table%20to%20the%20left%20side.&text=In%20most%20situations%2C%20you%20want,the%20rotation%20of%20the%20bit.)
I think you might have missed the part about his bit having a bearing at each end.Since you have the proper bit, do all the cuts so that the wood grain is always being cut "downhill". Cut the half of the hole with the template down, lower the bit and cut the other half with the template on top.