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16 CNC Router Tips to Avoid Tearout and Splintering – CNCCookbook: Be A Better CNC’er

You could be moving along smoothly with your wood cutting and then all of the sudden a chunk will fall off. There are a few ways to help prevent that but they aren’t fool proof. There are danger zones along the wood that are in more danger of chipping. You can change your angle, the depth, and you can even put tape over the areas that are most prone to chipping. There are also different tools that you can use for the different areas of wood.

Key Takeaways:

  • Router tearing and splintering can happen out of nowhere, but there are a few things to prevent it.
  • Going across the grain can help the wood to not tear, but it is not a guarantee it won’t happen.
  • You can also use different tips for different structures, and to also work around a hole in the wood.

“It turns out, there are a variety of things you can do to greatly reduce and even prevent router tearout and splintering”

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