I admit it. I'm a newby.
My question for the group is: How does one use a roundover bit on
curved stock that is too thin to use the roller as a guide?
I cut out a decorative layout on some 3/8" stock. I want to roundover
the edges. Unfortunately, I can't use my guidefence, due to the
curves. I can't use a guide-roller on the bit because the board is
3/8" thick (too thick)
On 12 Sep 2003, Robin Ellzey spake unto rec.woodworking:
I assume that you mean you can't use the guide bearing because the stock is
too THIN, not too thick.
Use the piece you want to round over as a pattern for a template made out
of scrap plywood or some such, which you can then place under your 3/8ths
stock to guide the bearing. Double-sided tape or some small brads from the
back will keep it all together while you rout.
Hell, you don't even need a router ... sand paper works well on stock this
size for rounding over edges on curved workpieces. There is also a round
over edging tool available from Lee Valley that will do it by hand faster
than you can set up a router.
I am helping a friend build a high chair, and this is exactly what we did for
the curved fronts of the seat and the foot rest. Much quicker and easier than
making a guide template for each piece.
Gotta love that Nicholson #49 Pattern Makers Rasp.
remove the key to email me.
Two methods come to mind.
1) The easiest is with a trim router, most of which come with roller
bearing *guides*--i.e., not connected to the bit--in order to do just
the thing you describe (cut trim on curved parts).
2) If you have a router table (and you can make a temporary one easy
for just this project with scrapwood), use a pilot pin near the bit to
guide your cut.
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