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Chris

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I plan building a desktop that is about 1” thick and am considering using a 1” or 3/4”??? round over bit for the edge treatment (this would be done from the bottom side; leaving the top edge flat).

Would you consider this size bit excessively dangerous to use free hand?

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#1 posted 2272 days ago

You can’t put a 1” rad on a 1” edge unless you added something temporarly make it thicker.

3/4” would be fine by hand, just be careful near the corners.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2272 days ago

Why is that Gary…. Tear out?

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#3 posted 2271 days ago

Garys right about the corners I would do the ends (end grain) first thats where you’ll have to most tear out. That way you stand agood chance of cleaning it up when you cut the long grain. Take your time!

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#4 posted 2271 days ago

Make sure you do it in multiple passes, taking off a little at a time. BTW, you cant use a 1” round over with a bearing guide on 1” stock because the bearing will be below the edge. I believe that’s why he suggested attaching at stip to the stock before routing.

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#5 posted 2271 days ago

Ok… I got that…. Now back to my original question.

Do you think it’s safe to use a 3/4” to 1” bit freehand in a single speed router?

I don’t know of any other way to get this done…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 2271 days ago

A 1” roundover bit is about 2 1/2 ” diameter. Not sure on the rule but that should be getting close the the diameter that one would need to slow down. However I think you could do it with a fixed speed router freehand if you where carefull especially on the end grain. I sure wouldn’t try to climb cut with it though, and I would take very narrow passes. An offset router base might make it more safe, and can be made for free if you got the scraps. Just me .02

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shiney5757

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#7 posted 2271 days ago

slower motor speed and shallow passes is prefered,
in any case be carefull.
my motto is if not sure try something different.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#8 posted 2271 days ago

Against the grain, with the grain, against the grain, with the grain.

Small passes to make sure tha the tearout is minimal.

bob

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#9 posted 2271 days ago

I agree. Multple passes cutting the end grain first.

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