which bits should I use? - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 2
Default which bits should I use?

at last I have found a group who know what they are doing!!

I saw a dresser in an antique shop window and frivolously said "I'd like to make that" . My wife said "great go ahead!" So thats my challenge. Making the dresser is not the problem but you can see that the doors have a lot of mouldings. Oddly the piece in the shop window had its doors fastened the wrong way (ie inside out).
I have a router which takes 8mm and 6mm bits , so 1/4 inch, but I am not sure which shapes to get. Can you guys advise? Please
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	profile.jpg
Views:	101
Size:	51.2 KB
ID:	832  

Attached Images
christopher michael is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 07:54 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Richard
Posts: 387

Hi: I would use 8mm, for heavy cuts. 6mm is a little light. Most rouers in the US handle 1/4" and 1/2" bits. I would suggest round over bits, straight bits, and maybe a large bit that has a number of profiles on it for mouldings etc. To make the doors you may need a raised panel set of bits. Some bits will be needed to make the muttins in the top glass doors. I hope you have some experience with the router, since the project you are considering is complicated. You may even consider getting a bigger router to use larger bits, and variable speeds. Hope this helps.. Woodnut65
Woodnut65 is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 08:56 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2004
Country: United States
First Name: jerry
Posts: 558

I don't think the doors are inside out. If you are seriously considering copying this style of furniture, you will need a lager router with variable speed to make the raised panel doors. This is a pretty complex project for someone without a good deal of woodworking experience. Do not attempt raised panels with an 8mm or 1/4" bit.

jerrymayfield is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 2

After I posted yesterday I fooled around with a tryout door that I already made to test different techniques. My previous work was without electric tools and that what I prefer, but a router does get things moving!
Jerry , yes the doors have been reversed, the shop wasnt selling the peice but only was using it as a fancy display with the doors open. we see the outsides which are of course fancier.
Woodnut, I understand that you would make a series of passes with various bits, and thats what I tried yesterday. I also worked freehand ,which perhaps isnt recommended but .... My biggest problem was setting the guides, especially the depth.
christopher michael is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Basic Router Bits DONALD Router Bits - Types and Usage 18 01-10-2013 06:50 PM
Magnate Router bits kp91 Tool Reviews 2 07-09-2007 03:36 AM
Need help deciding on bits. ryan.s General Routing 8 03-25-2005 09:35 PM
router bits from oak park reds_21 General Routing 1 02-09-2005 12:59 PM
sharpening bits..... reible General Routing 4 09-19-2004 09:34 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome