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post #1 of 7 Old 09-17-2020, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Router Bit Question

I’m new to the forum and woodworking in general. I am hoping to buy a router soon (suggestions welcome!) and came across a texture that I want to replicate. I would describe it as bumpy/wavy but it also just looks like the side of a log cabin. Half rounds glued to a panel would give a similar effect. I want to do this across the face of a rectangular drawer front.

Is there a specific bit or type of bit I should look out for? Links appreciated! Thank you.

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welcome to the forum, Minn - what part of the country are you in ?
more information would help put us all on the same page as you.
how big is the drawer - what size ridges do you need - how many drawers involved.
if you like the look of half round, why not go that route ?

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Thank you :) I am in Minnesota, in the Twin Cities area.

It will be four panels, each measuring about 6Ēx18Ē. I would consider gluing up half rounds for the project, but figured if a router bit could let me use a solid piece of wood that might look neater since there wouldnít be a seam. If I can find a good bit, then I think it would be worth the investment if itís something I can continue to use on future projects to achieve a similar result.

If I did use half rounds, would it be advisable to glue up the total size for all the panels and then cut them to size after the glue has set?
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do you have a table saw and router table ?

I have one of these bits that I have used a few times in different applications.
even with multiple cuts to resemble half-round glued down, there will still be a small gap. it comes with carbide cutters.

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I used it to groove the oak slats on a steamer trunk I made awhile back.
it is a small 1/4" quarter round. not sure of what sizes it comes in or what size you need.

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How big do you want the half-rounds?

These bits come in various diameters depending on the, material thickness you start with:
http://carbideprocessors.com/half-ro...hiteside-1435/


Another way to create a half round is to saw dowels in half on the bandsaw with a jig OR by hand using a pull saw following a line. Then glue them side by side on a plywood backer panel. The risk is the panel may warp because material is only glued on one side. There are ways to keep it flat by using clamps or weights while the glue dries.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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minnww, I think the sort of bit you want is along these lines, but not exactly this one. It should give you some direction in your search, though.
https://www.amanatool.com/49232-carb...nch-shank.html
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! There is lots of good stuff to go off here. Iím going to be digging through the forums to hopefully find some recommendations for a beginner router table and go from there. I have access to a table saw but donít have room to have one currently.
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