Cabinet Back: Beaded Tongue & Groove. How?

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298 days ago

Thinking ahead to a future project (next year?). Cabinet back will be made of butternut boards, and I like the idea of beaded tongue and groove, but had no idea how to do that.

Saw a Roy Underhill episode yesterday that showed how to do it with hand tools. Basically, make a tongue & groove joint, then use just the right molding plane to add the bead to the tongue side.

Well, how about power tools?

Google found me an approach nicely designed by Valfortools for CMT that results in a V-Groove Beaded Tongue and Groove. That looks really good to me.

Has anyone used this approach? Or, got another solution?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#1 posted 298 days ago

They have router bit sets to cut T&G then whatever type beading you want to add with the routers.

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#2 posted 298 days ago

10 years ago I would have described the correct router bits (as Mote described) but now I’d suggest hand planes. There are multiple routes from a single Stanley #45 combination plane, or equivalent, wood molders, or individual steel planes.

If the hand plane route is an option, there are several blogs here that show it being done.

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#3 posted 298 days ago

Along the lines of Don. Metal planes are Stanley 48 and 49 (or 146-148). Choice varies by stock thickness. Lots of ways to cut beads such as a Stanley 66 Beader.

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#4 posted 298 days ago

You can do an internet search for scratch stock.

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#5 posted 298 days ago

I would make the tongue and groove on the router and use a scratch stock for the bead.

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