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Basic Router Bit Profiles

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Basic Router Bit Profiles

Profile router bits are used to shape lumber edges and mouldings, as well as man-made panel edges such as MDF and Solid Surface into a more decorative form.

When these bits are used with a hand-held router, they will usually have a bearing on the end that follows the edge of the part and controls the cut depth. On the other hand, parts and panels profiled with a CNC machine will never have a bearing since the computer controlled machine dictates the cut depth. On a shaper table or router table, profile bits may be used with a fence (and no bearing) to control the cut depth or with a bearing (no fence) for free-hand routing of non-linear shapes.

Beading Router Bit Profiles

Beading Router Bits

Beading router bits combine one or more convex radii (bead) to form many unique edge profiles. Some beading bits also serve double duty as roundover router bits by simply changing the size of the guide bearings.


 
Cove Router Bit Profiles

Cove Router Bits

Cove router bits combine one or more concave radii (cove) to form many unique edge profiles. Cove router bits may also be known as "fluted" router bits, particularly when they cut directly into the side of the part at a 90 degree angle.


 
Cove and Bead Router Bit Profiles

Cove and Bead Router Bits

Cove and Bead router bits combine one or more concave radii (cove) with one or more convex radii (bead). There are numerous combinations possible with these 2 curves and while similar to the familiar Ogee "S" shape listed below, the two curves on cove and bead profiles are generally separated by some other feature. Besides the generic "Cove and Bead" or "Bead and Cove" names, pretty much any router bit with the word 'Classic' or 'French' fall into this category.


 

Chamfer Router Bit Profiles

 

Chamfer Router Bits

Chamfer router bits are designed to cut the edge of a part or panel at an angle. Many people and manufacturers use the terms 'bevel' and 'chamfer' interchangeably however they are technically different. Chamfer router bits are mainly meant to cut only a portion of the edge but can be used to bevel the entire edge if used with a template.


 
Hand Rail Router Bit Profiles

Hand Rail Router Bits

Hand rail router bits are large bits designed specifically for creating handrails for stairs or other areas prone to slipping. These bits usually come in sets to form multiple parts that are glued together to form the rail.
*These bits are generally used with a router table or shaper table and are not used in hand held routers


 
Molding Router Bit Profiles

Moulding Router Bits

Moulding router bits are designed for creating all different styles of mouldings but you may find many other uses for them as well. Window and door frames, picture frames and fancy trim on other projects are just some of the many possiblities for these bits.
*These bits are generally used to shape long lumber lengths on a router table or shaper table but may be used in hand held routers for shaping the edges of large, thick panels.


 
Ogee Router Bit Profiles

Ogee Router Bits

The Ogee profile is known throughout the world in both furniture building and architecture. The "leaning S" Ogee shape comes in many variations for table edges, door edges, etc.


 
Picture Frame Router Bit Profiles

Picture Frame Router Bits

Picture frame router bits are specially designed for creating all different styles of picture frames but you may find many other uses for them as well. Window and door frames, mouldings, fancy trim on other projects are just some of the many possiblities for these bits.
*These bits are generally used with a router table or shaper table and are not used in hand held routers


 
Double Roundover Router Bit Profiles

Double Roundover Router Bits

Double Roundover router bits cut both the top and bottom of the panel edge at the same time. They come in many configurations and can range from a 1/8" radius on both edges of the part or panel to a fully rounded bullnose edge on a 1-1/2" thick part.


 
Single Roundover Router Bit Profiles

Single Roundover Router Bits

Single Roundover router bits form a radius along one edge of a part or panel. Many of these bits can also be used as beading bits (adding a lip to the radius ends) by using different size bearings.


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