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Forum topic by David posted 02-17-2010 04:20 PM 5227 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2010 04:20 PM

Hi all,

I’m currently refurbishing a very old oak table for a friend and am making two new table leaves as somewhere along the way the originals were lost. To replicate the profile for the table edge I need to find a Traditional French Table Edge router bit however after scouring the internet for the last two days I can’t seem to find the exact bit that will replicate the profile. I’ve found close matches on MLCS and a couple of other sites, but nothing that will match my dimensions exactly.

Does anybody have any thoughts or suggestions to a specific company/website where I migth be able to find such a bit?

Thank you for your assistance!


-- dcutter

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 04:33 PM

Try a search for “Custom Shaper Knives” and see what comes up. One of them may be able to make a custom router bit for you.

Another option would be finding a custom molding company in yourarea who could run your stock for you.

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 04:43 PM

Dunno all the sites you’ve checked, but I’d look at Eagle America, Infinity, Rockler, Woodcraft, Lee Valley, Router Bit World, etc.

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 05:13 PM

This is what makes shapers superior to router tables. You can grind two knife blanks fairly easy and pop em in a head and you’re in business. Plus router bit people charge the equivalent of the bits weight in gold!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 05:51 PM

if might be easier to just use multiple bits to make the profile. that what i often to. it works great.

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 05:58 PM

I think these people do custom bits.

You may be able to do it with a home made scratch stock


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#6 posted 02-17-2010 06:40 PM

You might want to try – they have a large selection.


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#7 posted 02-17-2010 06:50 PM

I have seen some edges made up of mutliple cuts with different bits. You might want to look at this path as well.

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#8 posted 02-17-2010 07:06 PM

Amana tool will make it, The question is How much will it cost.

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#9 posted 02-17-2010 07:20 PM

jessada has a large selection

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 07:27 PM

Hi all – thanks for all of the great suggestions. I ended up finding one that I believe is a very very close match at They had a very large selection and were able to email me a 1:1 scale drawing of the bit itself with all of the dimensions listed (very helpful technician). Since my friend isn’t paying me for the project I’m certainly not going to have one custom made, so this will have to work. Unfortunatley, my router only takes 1/4” shanks and this bit is 1/2” so that means I’m going to have to buy a new router – but, I think in the long run a router with 1/2” shanks is the way to go. Hopefully, I can pass along the cost to the client!

Thanks again for your quick and helpful suggestions!


-- dcutter

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 07:39 PM

thats good that you found it. also what kind of router do you have? i’m surprised that it doesn’t have a half inch collet. half inch is much more stable and really having a 1/2” collet is better.

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#12 posted 02-17-2010 07:42 PM

I have a Bosch – bought a starter kit with a table for $99 bucks. Was a great deal and overall works nicely. Speaking of new routers – does anybody have suggestions as to which brand I buy and how much HP I should get? Should I get another fixed base or get a plunge? Any thoughts? I know Porter Cale makes a nice one… my Bosch though too.


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#13 posted 02-17-2010 08:53 PM once told me (at a woodshow) they would make a router bit custom if I give them a profile. you probably will never find a matching bit. if that table is factory made, they never use standard profiles. if it is very old, it might even be a hand made bit to begin with. your best shot probably is to have it custom made and pass on the cost.


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#14 posted 02-18-2010 12:27 AM

For a router I have a hitachi with a 1/2 inch collet and its around 3&1/4 HP, have had it a long time and its bullet proof, I also have a fixed base porter cable , but the hitachi is a plunge great for table mounting.

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#15 posted 02-18-2010 12:50 AM

They have some of best selection around.

They even have diamond bits that are supposed to last 30 times longer than carbide.

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