I was cutting a couple of grooves in a piece of pressure treated with a
router. I was using a 1/4" bit set to about 1/2" and probably trying to
take too big of cut. The bit felt like it was a little dull too, but
that's not important.
What is important is the result. I smelled burning (like cutting tools do)
and just thought it was the normal dull tool/too big of bite type of
burning. However, the wood started to smoke! It kept on smoking after the
That's right, I had started a fire with my router!
After filling a bucket with water, I shoveled the dust from the groove into
the bucket. Some of the dust was red and obviously burning.
Everything's extinguished now, but this is one more reminder to be careful
Make it to fit, don't make it fit.