Usually I use the plunge router / trammel

Keith Newton
If you run clockwise around doing the roughing cut, you will likely have more cleanup due to bit deflection even if everything else it tight. However doing all but your final cut will have the bit flexing away from the final edge through the earlier steps.

For larger tables, I like to save some router time by just making a 1/2" MDF template with the router. Then mark and bandsaw about 1/8" outside the line, then going back with a bearing over to cut down-slope for half, then flipping it and use a bearing under to clean up the other half. This takes care of any chips tearing out, which by the way are most likely where the grain is almost tangent to the circle. I always climb cut in that area if I think it is likely.

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