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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 04:23 PM
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It looks like you used a straight bit for the groove Dean. My personal preference is a round nose bit. A rounded groove is easy to sand by getting a dowel rod the same radius as the bit and gluing a wrap of sandpaper on it. You can glue up several different dowels with different grits to speed things up.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Dean Cruse View Post
I saw that Bosch makes a roller bearing guide for the trim router..... It also seems like it might be a bit hard to control using this method. Anyone have any experience with these types of edge guides?
That type of guide is called something like a follow bearing guide and they were originally designed specifically for use with the non-bearing laminate trimming cutters we used to use in the dim and distant past. They are designed to sit directly below the cutter and there is a definite knack to using them - the bearing should be chosen to be of larger diameter than the cutter so that it isn't possible to take a chunk out of the workpiece (if you twist the router/trimmer around the bearing will stop the cutting action - this makes them very safe and economical for laminate trimming). In use it's a bit like the knack you develop for pencil scribing (coping in USA) an edge with a pair of compasses. What they really aren't designed to do is be offset from the cutter in the way your job would require. In that situation I cannot begin to see how you'd control the cut to get a nice smooth groove. As others have said, the best method will be a template, guide bush and a cutter although I wouldn't try going the guide bush in a slot idea as GBs tend to bind very easily if the slot is at all tight, and in any case how would you get a slot to go round the full perimeter of a board?

Added this post for information about the way in which these roller guide bearings are supposed to work

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