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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2016, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Tricky beading on curved edge - Help!

Good morning,

This is my first post here... I enjoy solving problems but this one is beyond me!

I'm making a built in Welsh Georgian style bookcase with panel doors. I want to have a beading on the inside edge of the frame of the door. Ordinarily I can easily achieve this with a router.

The problem is that the inside edge of the top rail is curved with an arch. Again, this is do-able with a router usually. But I can't see how I would do it for the profile I am after.

I've attached a drawing. Is this a hand carving job?

Many thanks for your help!
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You'd have to use the router sideways.

The safest way is to make a horizontal router table. Align the edge of the bearing with the table surface. And instead of a fence, you use two pivot points on either side of the bit so the bead only goes as deep as you want it.

The biggest issue I see is that your arch is a full 180. If the arch is narrower than the height of your router and bit combined, you won't be able to get to the ends of the arch.
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maybe change it just a bit?
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How big is the arch?
Maybe skip the router for that part (if it's not too big), and just make a beading tool?
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Thanks Mike, I agree this would be easier to achieve. However, you can normally tell a piece of furniture that have been designd with a router in mind from a mile away. The beading with two curved edges wouldn't make that nice crisp shadow line that accentuated the curve... better give that beading tool a try!

Ps. the diameter of the arch is around 200mm...
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First decide if you want it scraped or planed,as both can be applied WRT,authentication.Then proceed from there.Best of luck,BW
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