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edging oak end grain

Very often when I am putting an edge (roundover, ogee, etc) on oak endgrain, I wind up with pitting of the end grain. I try to slow down the cuts and even using several shallow cuts with the router, however I often end up with these pesky pitted cuts. Any suggestions??
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-03-2011, 07:31 PM
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Are you using a router table or holding the router? If you're holding the router, you may be tipping it a bit. Try an offset base that allows you to keep better, even downward pressure on the router.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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If your bit is sharp, try taking several depth passes. If you can control the piece/router, try "climb cutting", which is running the pass backwards. If you try that be very careful and make slow shallow passes.








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Never heard that term......'climb cutting' but I use that method all the time even on edge grain.
Like you say, be careful because the bit can 'catch' by going backwards.

Sharp bits, light passes......end grain can be a b!tch to get perfect.

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i like to feed backwards on the light "clean up" pass, after i've removed most of the material on earlier passes. much less chance of grabbing.
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Thanks for the tips. I'll give em a try.
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dafoot, what do mean by pitting? everytime I edge oak endgrain all I do is burn it and spend hours sanding it out. Is there any cure for that?
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dafoot, what do mean by pitting? everytime I edge oak endgrain all I do is burn it and spend hours sanding it out. Is there any cure for that?

I use a router speed control switch to slow bit speed when profiling endgrain. It helps alot.

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Thank mdntrdr, I never thought about the bit speed.

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I've been trying the climb cutting and it does improve the cut somewhat. Anxious to try with the lower router speed.
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