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Jeff G
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Hi everyone,

I'm planning on making a wooden block set for my child-to-be (due in a week!) and I'd like to round over all the edges for obvious reasons. My question is, on a smaller wood block (say 2"x2"x2"), is it safe to use my router table with a round over bit? I usually only put larger pieces on the table and I'm a bit worried about a smaller block catching on the bit.

Looking for some advice.

Thanks!
 

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Jeff G
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If you are making the blocks by cutting long pieces and slicing them to blocks do those four sides before the last cuts. Then clamp a set of blocks together along a straight guide and run the router on the remaining two sides.
I really like this idea! I have parallel clamps that should do the trick.

This is why I love this forum :)
 

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A few swipes with sandpaper or a block plane would knock down the sharp edges.

If you really want to use the router table, use a handscrew , as suggested.
 

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Round over the edges with sandpaper = a very peaceful activity.

Do you want the edges rounded over even more?
Just wait until the kids are teething.
They can round over anything and everything.

I should make some blocks for my twin grandsons. Birch. Cut lengths, do 4 corners with spoke shaves. Cut and sand the rest. Pyrographic decoration if any. What's a little more carbon to a carbon-based life-form? Probably my usual oven-baked olive oil finish.
 

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Round over is bearing guided and I routinely do round overs and some other edge treatment on stuff that small just using a safety push block. Cabinetman made a good point about "what size round over" though. The picture shows a fair sized disc but I've used the same procedure to put an ogee edge on blocks as small as 2x2x3/4.
 

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When, if ever, do you align the bearing with the fence and push along the fence vs. relying on the bearing alone with the fence out of the way?
 

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For a "Shut The Box" game I made out of pallet oak, I used sandpaper to round off the corners of the two dice I made:


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Mark V.
 
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