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Forum topic by byron4321 posted 07-09-2010 10:09 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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byron4321

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07-09-2010 10:09 PM

I am installing new treads on my staircase and need to bullnose one edge. I purchased oak pre-fabed treads (already bullnosed on the front edge) and need to bullnose the exposed side of this wood. The cut would be cross-grain and intersect the already rounded front edge. The treads are 1” thick red oak. I plan to pick up a relatively inexpensive router and attempt this myself. I have little woodworking skills beyond simple carpentry. I was hoping someone might give me some advise on what the best approach is and/or what equipment is suitable. Any advice would be appreciated.

Also, if anyone is located in Eugene, OR, and already has the equipment, I would be more than happy to pay for your help in cutting these treads. (10 treads, each cut approx 11”)


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 10:21 PM

a few more suggestions will probably show up soon, but just a few things to keep in mind:

1. don’t try to route the bullnose edge in 1 pass to get the final result. take small passes – each time you should route about 1/8” off the edge until eventually you’ll get to your desired edge.

2. use a backer board – since you are going to route end grain, you have a high probability of tearouts and splitting ends. start your routing from the already existing edge, and place another board on the opposite edge of your routed board so that when you get to the end of it, the router bit will continue it’s work on the backer board – this provides support for the end grain from splitting and tearing out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 10:23 PM

Lood at the Bosch Colt handheld, its pretty small, but for doing things handheld, like rounding over its great, if you want to mount it in a router table or spin a 2.5” bit you will be sadly disapointed.

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PR20EVSK-1-Horsepower-Fixed-Base-Variable-Speed/dp/B000ANQHTA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1278706940&sr=8-1

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 10:24 PM

Also if you are doing endgrain, use a climb cut on the end, as in, move the router in the opposite direction than it was intended for a few inches, then when you go down the lengh of the board you can avoid blowout. Also what PurpLev said, use a backerboard if possible.

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 10:30 PM

Based on the fact you stated you have little woodworking skills – pay extreme caution when doing a climb cut as the router will want to run away from the wood – which could result in an unwanted profile cut, an unwanted broken/messed up piece, or worse – a personal injury.

not saying you shouldn’t do a climb cut- just do some research and know what it means as it poises some risks.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 11:15 PM

Put up a call for LJs to help in your area, there are several who will possibly answer.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 12:45 AM

“Put up a call for LJs to help in your area, there are several who will possibly answer.”

Where or how do I post this call? I’m not really sure which thread to post on.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 12:58 AM

Just like you did this, but put your area for router help in the title so they will notice it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Howie

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 12:04 AM

I think in this case TopmaxSurvivor has the best answer. Using a router out of a table does require a little learning curve and PurpLev says why.

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