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11-29-2012 12:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router bit chamfer bit round over bit question router

I’m planning a project where I will have to put a bevel on many small pieces (1” X 2” x 1/4”). Thinking of using my router and table whit a zero clearance fence for safety but not sue if anyone would have a suggestion as to the right bit fot for the job. I was thinking either a chamfer bit or 1/8 round over bit. Any suggestions would be appreciated

-- Marc, Maine

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 02:04 AM

If you want a bevel, you can look at the ones listed on this page=. If you want a round over, check here. The choice of manufacturers is completely up to you; these are examples and not recommendations. The profile you choose should be the one that looks best to you and your client. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 02:12 AM

Depending on the amount of use the bit may face I reccomend Whiteside for ouality and price, Freud if higher production rates and ease of cleanup are worth the xtra dollars.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 03:07 AM

Either the chamfer or roundover will work fine depending on the look you are going for. I’m posting to try and save your fingers! Make a sled with hold downs or clamp these small pieces in a wooden screw clamp before trying to route them. The worst injury I have had in the shop was from hand holding a small part on the router table.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 07:54 AM

I second gfadvm on that last suggestion. A good size hand screw will hold your pieces solidly, saving your fingers and giving you much better control of the piece. I’d be inclined to use router bits with a bearing for this job. If you are doing all 4 sides, I’d chamfer the end grain before the long grain. Less tearout that way.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 12:04 PM

Spend some time practicing a safe method, the hand screw works well, but for a lot of pieces that size a dedicated sled might be quicker. a good bit (plus a backup) would be easy, the ones that small are usually fairly inexpensive. For a cut that small, you may find the bearings bit easier to use than the fence (test it and see).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 01:26 PM

Thanks for all your insight. I agree, safey is paramount, that is one of the reasons I’ve posted my question.

-- Marc, Maine

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 03:08 PM

Why not a block plane? You could put a bevel on your pieces in approximately the same amount of time, once you factor in making a jig and all the setup and alignment and such.


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#8 posted 11-29-2012 04:14 PM

Is there a way to do the bevel before you make the cuts or is the bevel on end grain?

-- jay,

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 04:51 PM

I’ve cut my wood in 3.5 inches wide Then then I’ll cut them to the 2 inch mark figureing I’d have better contrl while cutting the end grain first. I’ll cut the 1 inch wide after so I’ll take care of any tearout from the end grain when I bevel the long grain. At least that’s my thinking.

I like the idea of the block plane, safer then the router. May give it a try. another idea was to simply sand them. The bevels do not have to be unifform just close to matching each other.

-- Marc, Maine

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 05:30 PM

As others have said there may another way to do what you want to do ,but if you want to router this out I would suggest a router bit set then you can try any of the details out on scrap and see what works best. There to two routes to go buy router bits #1 buying quality one at a time that means each router bit can cost $50-$150 this is the way to go if you know which bits you will be using the most, quality router bits like “Whiteside “can last a life time ,but if your not sure I would suggest getting a bigger set like the ones from link and find which router bits you use the most and then replacing the inexpensive router bits with quality ones as time and money permits.

This set can usally be purchased in 1/2” or 1/4” shank I would suggest the 1/2” if your router will take 1/2” . I have purchased this set and so have my students all with good results.

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 05:55 PM

Jim, That’s an impressive set for the money. I take it they will suffice for someone who uses them occasioanlly. I don’t mind spending money, but by being a New Englander I only like to spend it once, on right tool or accessory.

Thnaks for the link

-- Marc, Maine

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#12 posted 11-29-2012 06:01 PM


I have had my set about 4 years and have not had a problem with any of the bit’s ,but as I said if you want top quality that will last a life time go with Whiteside’s bits, it’s just that one bit can cost as much as this set.

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#13 posted 11-29-2012 08:46 PM

If possible, make the bevel or roundover on long piece of wood, then cut into shorter lenths for project.
Faster and safer.

-- Roger

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#14 posted 11-30-2012 12:35 AM

Thanks for all your ideas. I took the esay way out this afternoon. Simply went over to my disk sander and did each one by hand. This is just a prototype of mosaic picture frame my wife saw and wanted me to make. The rub is if it works well, she’ll then have five more for me to make of varyious sizes. Sanding wasn’t bad but defeniately not the way to go for bulk work. guess I’ll look for a sled/holder that will secure the tiles so I can rout.

Jim, I’m going to seriously think about the mega set. Threee of the bits I want come close to the total for the set.

-- Marc, Maine

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#15 posted 11-30-2012 01:02 AM

What ever works for you Marc, I’m sure you know that there are smaller sets available at low prices from places like ebay and mid price sets from places like MLCS too.

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