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Old 02/16/2005, 10:45 PM   #46
Zephrant
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Hey Jim- That is a common argument and you are perfectly correct. However there is one reason that I do it that way- by running the material between the fence and the bit, every sheet comes out exactly the same width. That is critical to building a water tight tank. Even 10 thousands off makes it harder to glue.

In practice, the dual finger boards prevent any kick-back, and it runs though very cleanly.

But your points are all valid- Never try it without the finger boards, and still, be very careful.

Routers can be dangerous- I know of a guy that was doing as you suggest, but fed the piece from the wrong side of the router. The bit picked it up and threw it across the garage, in to the side door of his wife's BMW.

Thanks for your post-

Zeph


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