You've probably heard that climb-cutting should be avoided because it is not safe. This article aims to dispel that view. Chris Gochnour argues climb-cutting , or moving the router in the same direction as the bit's rotation, is a legitimate practice that every woodworker should useÑin the right places. Its biggest benefit is that it prevents chipout and tearout when routing along an edge. But to do it safely, you first need to understand when to do it and how the router will behave during the cut.

From Fine Woodworking #220

Watch this video and learn how to avoid router tearout