Here is a question for you more experienced machinists: Does the end of an end mill cut better than the side (or vice versa)?
Example: you are going to remove some material from a piece of mild steel that has a surface measuring 1/2 x 6 inches. Let's say you are going to use a 3/4 inch end mill. You can clamp the steel in your vice and cut that surface with the end of the cutter in a single pass or you can rotate the steel 90 degrees and make the same cut with the side of the cutter.
Will one method allow you to make a heavier cut, give you less chatter, better surface finish etc? Does it matter?