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lateralus819

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434 days ago

I want to apply some beading around a drawer from, of a different species than the front. Is this possible to do with a handheld router? Or is there a place to purchase the beading?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin


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kdc68

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#1 posted 434 days ago

Yes you can…
Start with a wider work piece….rout your bead profile with your handheld….rip the bead profile to width on the table saw….apply the molding to the drawer front
Or
Rip thin strips on the table saw then apply the thin strips to the drawer front first…then rout your profile with the handheld

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 434 days ago

I’m having a hard time envisioning this. It needs to be 1/8” thick x 3/8” wide. Would i have to stand my piece on edge to route?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#3 posted 434 days ago

Turn the router upside down, make a cut-out fence and
clamp it to the base. Clamp the router so it stays put –
I’ve run a fair amount of small detail mouldings this
way as it can be quicker to set up than a router table.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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lateralus819

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#4 posted 434 days ago

What size but would i need to achieve this type of beading? the ones im finding seem too large. Only needs to put a round face on 1/8” material.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#5 posted 434 days ago

Loren’s technique would work also….but if I understand you correctly, you would need to rip away the bead on the table saw with two rip cuts…one on edge and one on the face to free the molding from a larger work piece

Here’s a bit
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2127&site=ROCKLER

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#6 posted 434 days ago

Actually what i may do, is take this bit, http://www.amazon.com/Freud-80-124-16-Inch-Traditional-Beading/dp/B00004T7KA/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1371172039&sr=1-3&keywords=Beading+router+bits and measure its widest cut at the radius, mill some stock to that thickness and run it along the edge.

So essentially if I’m thinking correctly here, i can take a piece 1/8” thick or however it ends up, and put a rounded edge on it and glue it to the outside of my drawer frames.

heres a pic of what i mean, the frame shows the finished look i want, the top is what will be the bead (molding) if you will.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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Loren

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#7 posted 434 days ago

I’d probably do it by hand as I do not think
I have a roundover bit with such a fine radius.

You can chamfer the parts with a hand plane, file
or scraper, then sand to the curve. A sanding
block can be made to this radius by filing a groove
in a wood block with a chainsaw sharpening file
or whatever small rat tail file you might have on
hand.

Double the radius on a bit to get the diameter of
a half-round… so that 3/16” radius beading cutter
makes a bead about 3/8” wide.

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404 - Not Found

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#8 posted 432 days ago

Bite the bullet and buy a router beading bit. You will use it again and be glad you have it.
The small beading bits I have are all bearing guided so to use them to make the bead you describe, you would be as well to knock up a quick router table – just screw the router to a piece of scrap so it’s inverted and position a fence in line with the edge of the bearing.

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