| Tonight I used the rout to the line with a pattern bit (top
| bearing). On the up-grain pass I had a little chip out. The
| down-grain pass never gives me any problems. I have tried climb
| cutting on the up-grain pass with limited success. It always grabs
| and pulls the wood from me.
I almost always rout with a (software) template and clamp the
workpiece so that it _can't_ move relative to the template.
In a router table context, that translates into a firm attachment
between template and workpiece; and use of pilot bearings. Use
conventional/climb cut to suit the workpiece grain.
BTW, I've noticed that MLCS offers pattern/trim bits with pilot
bearings at _both_ ends of the cutter, so that you can flip the
workpiece and template, adjust the height of the bit, and keep going
without needing to change bits. I don't know if those are worth
spending for; but they might make some jobs go faster.
DeSoto, Iowa USA