On the chance that you're serious and not a Troll:
A router is an extremely dangerous tool, even to those who take the effort
to learn about them first. Put the router back on the shelf and leave it
there until you read up on safe use of routers ... any good book store will
have any number of books on routers and their safe use.
Also, there is a more or less a safe direction to move in when routing:
Make a horizontal fist with your right hand, extend your index finger and
thumb, making a backwards "L" shape as you look down at your hand.
You thumb should always point to the workpiece edge, and your index finger
will point in the proper direction to push the router.
Always follow this rule until you get a handle on safe use of your router.
There are times when you may purposely change this direction, called a
"climb cut". A climb cut is used in situations where tearout is a problem,
or because of grain direction. A climb cut should only be used if you
understand and take into account the forces involved.
Consider buying/building a router table, it will allow you to use the router
more safely in many instances. Make a guard for the bit and learn about
using pins to start cuts.
It's a PITA to ruin a workpiece because you don't understand router basics
... the pain of losing a digit or maiming a limb will last a lot longer.
Last update: 8/16/03
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