Ouch..there is the problem. NEVER feed between the fence and the bit.
The fence should just support the workpiece as it passes over the bit.
Feeding as you are, right to left between the fence and the bit is like
shooting wood out of a cannon.
Sounds like your taking the full cut at one go.
Move the fence closer to the bit, and take smaller cuts at a time.
Also think about a feather board system to hold the board tight to the
fence and table.
Never stand behind the outfeed side until you can control the feed
Maybe. You can get them at Rockler, or Woodcraft, or one of the other
specialty stores. Or make one or more.
Before you plug your router in again, spend some serious, focused time at
the following website: www.patwarner.com
Pat is a very experienced teacher, and knows more about routers than most
of us here. And has put together a website to make clear answers to
questions you didn't know you had.
Many of us started with similar experiences to what you describe. Most of
us got through them without stitches. Not all.
Be cautious. And read Pat's stuff.
Probably, but if you've got a 1x6, a saw, and a c-clamp it's easy to
make them. http://www.woodzone.com/tips/featherboard.htm isn't the
best set of instructions I've seen but it should be enough to give you
the general idea. Pick up a piece of oak at wherever you buy wood and
you should be set for featherboards for the rest of your life.
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