How Do You Prevent Your Router From Causing Tearout?
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Q: I built a nifty edge-straightening fence for my router table, and it works great except for one problem. On highly figured wood, I get too much tearout of the grain. I’ve tried going slower and changing bits ... no good. Any suggestions?

Freud compression cutting router bit This compression router bit from Freud uses a double spiraled cutting edge, which slices through twisted grain cleanly.

A: I’ve had good luck using a compression bit to limit that exact problem. I’d try changing bits one more time.

posted on June 1, 2009 by Rob Johnstone
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