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Avoid tear-out when routing

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More helpful tips

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When possible, climb-cut using a handheld router with your workpiece clamped securely to the bench, rather than attempting it on a router table. Why? Because climb cutting—routing in the same direction as the rotation of the bit—on a router table can pull the workpiece from your grip, throwing it off the table. It also exposes your hands to the spinning bit.

No matter whether a workpiece edge curves outward (as with the tabletop shown previous slide) or inward (as on the shelf brackets, shown in photo), climb-cut troublesome areas to prevent tear-out.

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