+1. :yes: Place the edge of the router base on the surface and with the router running, tip the bit into the work while moving the router forward. That will keep you from dropping straight down and creating a hole, which could get a bit wallowed. When done lift out the same way while slowly moving and tipping up.Plunge cuts were done for many years before there were plunge bases available. Rest your base on an angle and ease into the material. Rout as normal and exit the same way. Practice makes perfect... :smile:
That would also work, but the trick with that method is to shut it off while it's running and keep moving it slowly in the already routed groove, until it stops.Cman, wouldn't it be better to turn off the router and let it come to a full stop at the end of the cut?
I'm only asking because it seems that would be better but you have more experience.
I own about 6 cutting boards and none of them have such a channel. Am I missing something?Lupus said:Thanks, I thought about that but was scared it would snatch the router away from me or burn the wood.I'm almost thinking of just not have the channel in the cutting board due to that assumption and my lack of exp. (also, Purple Heart and padauk being $9bf).
For a cut like that I don't think I'd pick up my plunge base. I'd rather do it with the fixed base.OldEd said:for pete's sake BUY A PLUNGE BASE!!!!! It is so much easier, AND safer (Very Important) and so much more versatile and, given purpleheart at $9/bf CHEAPER, in that you don't ruin things with a shaking hand... At least MY hand would be shaking if I was about to "plunge" a fixed base router into purpleheart...