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hi I'm relatively new to wood working and I'm working a project refinishing old to new. can anyone tell me what tool was used to make the groove design on this piece? what router bit or planer blade? it is common on all the radius pieces of this item.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-16-2016, 10:49 PM
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Today we would make these flutes with a router. The center flute is narrow, with the two outer flutes wider. This will require two different bits.
The center bit looks like a small V- tip bit. The other is a round bottom.
Measure the width of the flutes from side to side and buy a bit that size. Example 3/8" straight round bottom bit.
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Today we would make these flutes with a router. The center flute is narrow, with the two outer flutes wider. This will require two different bits. The center bit looks like a small V- tip bit. The other is a round bottom. Measure the width of the flutes from side to side and buy a bit that size. Example 3/8" straight round bottom bit. Good luck.
I originally was thinking the same thing but realized it wouldn't get the rounded profile on the side with the round bottom bit. I was wondering if you could make the rounded profiles with an edge beading bit, then use the rounded bottom bit to get the deeper groove.

If you are unfamiliar with an edge beading bit, Whiteside Machine 3258 is an example with a 1/2 inch bead radius, but they make them in many sizes. Just google it.
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Before you go hunting for specialized router bits I would suggest you try a simple gouge chisel and a round rasp.


Best of luck.
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Great comments from all previous posts. Due to the coats of paint covering, it is difficult to really know how that pattern was made. Could have been a special cutter blade that was used on a production line when the wood was new. Consider taking measurements of the pattern and try to match up with router bits as previously stated. It may require some "testing" on scrap wood to get a passible match. Be safe.
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thanks for all the input, I have a better idea of the direction I need to go now.
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thanks for all the input, I have a better idea of the direction I need to go now.
If you go forward with router bits, you can quickly round over the edges with some 60 grit sandpaper.
You will need to clamp a stop in place for a positive uniform stop for each flute.
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