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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm making formica kitchen counter tops and will apply a wood edge to it. The wood edge corners will have a 2 inch radius. I would like to apply a no drip edge. There are 2 types of bits. One type is bearing guided but I don't think it would be able to follow the corner radiuses. The other type doesn't use a bearing but I'm not sure if it would be able to follow a radius either. Anybody have any ideas on how to accomplish this? I suppose I could cut the no drip edge on straight pieces and then just miter and apply the wood edging. I'm trying to envision how router bit diameter and corner radius dimensions work together.
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If you have to go around a corner then you have to do them separately. You don't want to go around corners with HPL anyway. I've never seen that happen that it didn't crack the laminate from the stresses. You must have joints at corners.

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I think Chuck is correct. If you make a separate piece for the corner, cut a 4" circle (2" radius) and cut the center out of it, then do an inside and outside radius, the cut it in 1/4's for the corners and lap miter it into the straight sections of wooden no drip pieces. I would even make the top edge bull nose on the wooden eedge before Installing on the p-lam counter top with a radius bit in the router table ,rather than a full bull nose bit.

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The wood edge will be applied to the counter after the laminate is installed on the counter substrate. I found some plans to make jigs to cut the inner and outer radiuses on the wood edging.....this was for a project to make rounded wood edging for a large wood table. I'm ok with that part. What's got me handcuffed is how to cut the no drip edge on the radius portion of the wood edging. The straight pieces of the wood edging won't be a problem. I've checked out the fabricator sites and my design is a bit different. The bearing guided no drip edge bits won't follow a curve per directions that Lee Valley has on their site. I haven't seen any info on actually using the no drip edge bit that doesn't use a bearing.....wondering if it would follow a 2" radius.....I made a jig that will allow this bit to be used in a vertical position......jig has a bearing that will follow the radius.
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