The key to safe edge profiling? Not overdoing it.
If you’re cutting a chamfer or roundover with your router, it can be tempting to cut to full depth in one fell swoop.
This works for small cuts of less than ¼” or so of material…
But for anything more than that, you want to cut in stages.
With a handheld router, the best way to do this is with a plunge base.
Set the plunge base stop to the final depth you’re after, raise the bit, then use the depth stops to incrementally cut your edge profile.
On a router table, use the fence to sneak up on your final depth.
Raise the bit so the entire cutting edge is exposed, then move the fence forward, leaving only about ¼” exposed.
With each subsequent cut, move the fence further back until you arrive at your final depth.
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