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masterjer

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12-04-2018 12:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mitered joint box making route profile box mitered corner miter

I’m planning a small box build to give as a gift and got a router bit box set that includes a decorative profile bit for the sides of the box and a profile for decorative feet. I’m thinking I can glue up the sides of the box first, using miters at the corners, and then route the profile on the box sides. This way, the profiles will be a perfect match at the corners (assuming my mitered joints are good to begin with).

I have never seen it done this way and am wondering why? My primary concern would be that routing the box would put stress on the mitered joints and lead to failure. Is there anything else I’m missing on this?


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#1 posted 12-04-2018 08:59 PM

Not sure if you are talking just outside sides? If you are talking inside sides, you will never get a router bit completely into an inner corner. Some even like that little flat before a profile starts though. Otherwise sure you can reach any outside corner. Once finished though you really need to check for end grain, over straight so you don’t get to an end, and get blow out.

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#2 posted 12-04-2018 09:11 PM

I always hated not being able to get fully into inside corners until I found out about the Amana Tool MR0112 bit.
1/8” radius round over with a 1/8” radius bearing. Perfect for a perfect round over into and through a corner.

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masterjer

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#3 posted 12-04-2018 11:40 PM

I’m only interested in the outside profile.

That’s a great thought about blowout when hitting the end grain at the end of one side. Maybe climb cut the end first?

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 10:52 PM

No need to, just do the end grain first. Then when you come across the long grain if there was any blowout you’ll chop it off. Problem comes with doing faces first, because likely you are looking at one to start, then when you wrap around to the end grain you’ll get blowout. Not always, but often enough to always ends first, then finish the fronts and backs last. You can just use a few pieces of scrap to see what I am saying.

This link has some pics of what I am saying, and some other good thoughts.

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#5 posted 12-05-2018 10:57 PM



I always hated not being able to get fully into inside corners until I found out about the Amana Tool MR0112 bit.
1/8” radius round over with a 1/8” radius bearing. Perfect for a perfect round over into and through a corner.

- splintergroup

I guess I’m one of those who has gotten used to that little flat I mentioned. I kinda like it. That little Amana bit looks like a champ if you didn’t though.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 12-06-2018 03:57 AM



I m planning a small box build to give as a gift and got a router bit box set that includes a decorative profile bit for the sides of the box and a profile for decorative feet. I m thinking I can glue up the sides of the box first, using miters at the corners, and then route the profile on the box sides. This way, the profiles will be a perfect match at the corners (assuming my mitered joints are good to begin with).

I have never seen it done this way and am wondering why? My primary concern would be that routing the box would put stress on the mitered joints and lead to failure. Is there anything else I m missing on this?

- masterjer

Just go ahead and build it the way you think best. The Heck with the rules and the way others do it.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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AlaskaGuy

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#7 posted 12-06-2018 08:03 AM

I’ve glued up 100’s of drawer boxes and then routed all the edges with a round over bit.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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