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10-31-2020 01:05 PM

Could you give me ideas about tools for beading a 4” x 14” panel? I want the beading to go all the way across the face. For example, if I assume a radius of 1/8” for the bead, then there would be ~12 of them. The material I’m planning to use is oak.


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#1 posted 10-31-2020 02:42 PM

Router, preferably in a table so you can painstakingly adjust the fence for each cut.

Or a 1/8” beading plane, which you’ll have to painstakingly adjust the fence for each cut.

Either way, you’ll want perfectly straight grain.

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#2 posted 10-31-2020 03:03 PM

Sycamoray: just how do you cut beads with a router across 4”? Think about it, the cutter rotates in the wrong plane. You can bead the edges, but not across a 4” face.

Beadboard is normally cut on a planer/molder with a custom cutter.

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#3 posted 10-31-2020 03:18 PM

Hmmmm..

Be sure to use the longer rods…

This board is only 3-1/4” wide, though…

Second bead starts with the quirk sitting in the last already done one…not much fiddling needed…
Cutter used? On this one…a #23 bead cutter.

They do indeed make a router bit….cuts one quirk, and half of two beads…tip is a sharp pointy thing that makes the quirk, rest of the bit is a radius….like an 1/8” radius….some are a bit wider…best done on a router table, where you simply adjust the fence a bunch of times…..

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#4 posted 10-31-2020 03:24 PM

Bandit please show this weird bit.

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#5 posted 10-31-2020 03:26 PM

I wouldn’t personally want to bead 1/8” beads into open grain wood like oak, especially not a bunch of them together. But please share some pics once done.

The only time I attempted something similar was with a molding cutter for my table saw.

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#6 posted 10-31-2020 03:28 PM



I wouldn’t personally want to bead 1/8” beads into open grain wood like oak, especially not a bunch of them together. But please share some pics once done.

- SMP

Yes, I am starting to realize my wood choice needs reconsideration. Possibly switch to poplar, sorting through the boards to get just the white stuff (I’m going to finish with a semitransparent stain).

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#7 posted 10-31-2020 03:30 PM



Hmmmm..

Complete noob here: what is that tool, what wood is that, and what do you mean by longer rods?

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#8 posted 10-31-2020 03:36 PM

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#9 posted 10-31-2020 03:37 PM

These are the bits sold by Woodline

It will be slow, but can be done.

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#10 posted 10-31-2020 03:38 PM


Sycamoray: just how do you cut beads with a router across 4”? Think about it, the cutter rotates in the wrong plane. You can bead the edges, but not across a 4” face.

Beadboard is normally cut on a planer/molder with a custom cutter.

- Madmark2

I’m not Sycamoray, but I have a beading bit for a router.

It looks like this:

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#11 posted 10-31-2020 03:52 PM

Molding head cutter for the table saw. Not the cheapest way but if you’re doing a lot of them…................

https://youtu.be/tCQ6FkWJBMI

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#12 posted 10-31-2020 03:52 PM

Thanks. Very interesting. I’ve been to the Amana website, I see it comes in many different sizes.

Would you attempt this on oak? Or do I need something softer and straghter grained?

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#13 posted 10-31-2020 03:54 PM

For hand tool workers, a beading plane such as Bandit used is a good option.

For power tool users, the pointed bit run many times side by side with precise spacing would work, but is cumbersome.

Another option is a molding head for a tablesaw. These are frequently available used for little money. This cutter will quickly and easily cut three beads at once: https://corobcutters.com/mhk-craftsman-profiles/6-corob-3-bead

That cutter is a standard part of a molding head set. The old steel ones are cheap, and can be used safely if you are careful to limit your cut. Woodcademy has videos on the subject.

Edit: I type more slowly than Alaska guy, and mostly agree. Apparently the used heads are cheap in some locations, but not others. One of my sets was $15, and the other was $4. They are similar to radial arm saws in that people who think they are dangerous just want to be rid of them, but they can be used safely if you think about what you are doing.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#14 posted 10-31-2020 04:06 PM

Thanks, Alaska and Alan – I had no idea such things existed!

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#15 posted 10-31-2020 04:42 PM

+1 for molding head on table saw.

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