Cutting Neat Pin And Tail Sockets

Simply driving the router cutter straight through the workpiece tears out the wood fibres along the shoulder line. Using the following sequence, incorporating a technique known as 'back cutting', takes a little longer but leaves you with neat sockets.

1 Make a shallow cut in the face of the wood, guiding the machine from right to left (back cutting).

2 Return to the right of the socket and feed the cutter through to the back of the workpiece.

3 Make another shallow cut across the back of the socket.

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4 Feed the cutter towards you on the left-hand side.

5 Remove the waste from the centre of the socket.

4 Feed the cutter towards you on the left-hand side.

5 Remove the waste from the centre of the socket.

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