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I have cut out pieces for a doll house with my table saw and bandsaw (for rooflines of the side pieces). I did not cut the rooflines to the finish line but left a little waste on so I would get a smooth finish. Can I remove the waste with a plain old straight bit or do I need to get a pattern bit? I am using a Bosch 1617 and do have a Bosch router table.
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You didn't mention what the material is, David. Personally, I'd hand plane it to the line. With a sharp blade it's a fast and satisfying task.
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The material is 3/8"wood (pine) and I no longer have a plane.
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Depending on my mood, I might well sand something like that, with my ROS.
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You can use your router as a joiner, and just plane the edge off a little. a plain straight bit works fine, but a bit with a little bit of a shear angle like a flush trim bit or spiral bit may leave a finer finish

Lots of examples on line, here's a discussion from a little while back on the topic.

https://www.routerforums.com/table-m...er-joiner.html
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As long as the roof isnt too big to manhandle, a router table with an offset outfeed fence will do the job.
Or if you have a bearing guided cutter clamp a straight edge to roof and rout to the straight edge.
Or... if the excess isnt too big any kind of sanding will do the trick.

I've just finished a 3 story Barbie doll house, but out of 1/2" ply so it was all cut to size on the table saw.
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Handplane for satisfaction. Band saw for freehand or if the material is hardwood, and if you have one. Others have already handled the router options, using a straight edged piece as a "pattern. That's an easy option.


I'd score the line with a knife or exacto using a straight edge, to prevent tear out. Depends a lot on the material, hard wood or soft, big difference in options.

I have a small 12 " Rikon band saw in my shop just for this kind of thing. Inexpensive and I use it a lot. Even has carter style bearing guides. Carter Stabilizer to make tight turns is made for it too. https://www.carterproducts.com/band-...saw-stabilizer If you make small stuff often, that saw isn't very expensive and you can get good 72 1/2 blades up to half an inch. You'll get a lot of enjoyment with it. WEN is the same saw, but a little cheaper
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