I have a potential order for 22 oak tables which will be 2'X2' by 1
5/8". The client wants the edges rounded over much like you would
accomplish with a bullnose bit/cutter. If I could buy a bullnose bit of
that size it would be quite expensive so I plan on using a round over
bit (3/4'"radius) on the top and bottom to give the same effect. I could
start with smaller round over bits and work my way up or is there a
better way? Seems I will be going through a lot of bits cutting 350 feet
with each one. And I do not have a shaper. Thanks ,JG
Sounds good to me. I don't think that will wear out a carbide bit at all.
Just be sure the edge is straight and that you really keep the i/8 track for
the bearing. Then a hit with a rubber sanding block should fix you up.
I think a good carbide bit will do fine for this but it couldn't hurt
to have two. If you start with both of them sharp, you should get
done. You could reduce the wear a little by running the tops over the
table saw first with the blade tilted to 45 degrees. Trim just a
little less than what the router bit will take. I would use a router
table and do one top at a time hitting an end grain first, then
rotating the top counter-clockwise for each cut. Move the piece as
rapidly as the cutter will take material -- keeps things from
overheating and leaving burn marks.
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