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Forum topic by phlyers posted 290 days ago 606 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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phlyers

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290 days ago

I’m using a 1/16” round over bit on a project but the bit has a bearing on the top of it and I want to use it on my router table. Am I correct in assuming that I need to remove the bearing when using this bit on a router table? I thought the bearing was used as a “stop” if you use it on a mobile router and the router table’s fence is the stop. Am I right?


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Loren

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#1 posted 290 days ago

You can do it either way. You’ll need to use featherboards to
press the work to the table to get the cut right with such
a small roundover.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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phlyers

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#2 posted 290 days ago

Ok so I can take the bearing off for use in the table. Yea I just need a small round over. Basically its the same as just breaking the edge with sandpaper.

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bullhead1

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#3 posted 290 days ago

I would say if the bit with the bearing on achieves the results you are looking for I see no reason to remove it. You wouldn’t even need to use your fence in most cases.

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 290 days ago

I use roundover bits with bearings in my router table all the time and have never taken the bearing off. Set you bit with the bearing just proud of the fence face or just use the bit without the fence.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 290 days ago

I always leave the bearing on, and can see no advantage to taking it off. I “zero” the fence by placing a straightedge against the bearing, and bringing the fence to meet the straightedge before tightening it in place.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Nygiants77

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#6 posted 290 days ago

Basically its the same as just breaking the edge with sandpaper.

Unless you have alot of round over to do I would just sand it as you said.

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phlyers

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#7 posted 290 days ago

Nygiants77—That’s exactly why i’m using a router for this. I make little kids stools and there’s 11 total pieces where I want every edge rounded over so yea..Lot’s of sanding that I don’t wanna do.

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bullhead1

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#8 posted 290 days ago

Take your fence off and have at it.

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kdc68

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#9 posted 290 days ago

phlyers.... using the fence in conjunction with the bearing on the bit is fine…gfadvm and Charlie are right on ….but if your work piece is curved or odd shaped then I recommend removing the fence and placing a starter pin in the router table plate ….here’s a helpful link to explain what a starter pin is and how to use it

http://www.newwoodworker.com/usestrtpin.html

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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phlyers

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#10 posted 290 days ago

Thanks kds68. Only 2 pieces are curved but they would need round overs as well. Starter pin is perfect for this.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#11 posted 290 days ago

Yep…what KDC68 says…

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