Climb Cutting - Router And Woodworking
Climb cutting is when you move the router in a counterclockwise direction. When using this method with a template, for notching grooves out a stair stringer, the router could become dangerous.
I've probably routered out thousands of individual
stair treads with a 3 1/2 horsepower router and trust me, when you hit a
knot or your climb cutting, you'd better be holding on to that router
with both hands.
Most people use their router in a clockwise direction, but every once in a while, you will need to reverse the direction, in order to clean out some of the wood chips or debris. Just be careful, when doing this.
Stair Routering Tip: If you need to router out a depth of 3/4 of an inch, in your stair stringer, you can always do it in two steps. Set your router for 3/8 of an inch depth and then router the tread groove out to a 3/8 of an inch depth. Then you can reset the depth of the router to 3/4 of an inch and finish routering.
It might take a little longer, but this method might save your body a little wear and tear and it could extend the life of your power tool.
Stairs / Stair Glossary
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