I have two 1"x1"x27" pieces of oak. I needed to cut 3/8" dados in them,
about the middle, to accept 3/8" dowels flush. I suppose a square bottom
would be okay, but I had a round bottom in my mind.
I stuck a 3/8" straight bit in my router table and pressed the side of the
piece into it. Because it was not quite long enough, I did one part, and
then flipped it over than did the rest. The first 1/4" was fine but after
that it got very hairy. It was not a safe process at all; the router was
very eager to grab the wood and throw it. Slowing the router way down
helped, but not enough.
How could it be done properly; besides a 3/8" file?
I suppose I could have drilled a hole in the wood and removed the balance
with a file. Any other ideas?