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I am new to this forum and this is my very first post. Since I repair and restore old furniture I am making a new leg for an old dining room chair. I learned how to use a flush trim router bit to make the new leg from a pattern. It turned out good. But now I am stuck. The front of the old leg has a pattern in it consisting of two long grooves from the top down to the point where the seat joins the leg. I thought I could use a 'v' groove router bit to do this. But the problem I ran into is that half way down the upper part of the leg there is a curve. So I cannot keep it in contact with the router bit. I need to know if I can purchase a router bit that will do this work when the leg is sitting flat on the router table. I took a photo of the pieces and if I can I will upload it here so that it can be seen clearly what I am trying to do. Thank you to anyone who can advise me on this.
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Hi Wally

This is the time the templates come in to play.use a trim bit to make your template for the leg once you have that stick it to the leg and use the bit below with the guide in the table or use the bearing on the bit...

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I am new to this forum and this is my very first post. Since I repair and restore old furniture I am making a new leg for an old dining room chair. I learned how to use a flush trim router bit to make the new leg from a pattern. It turned out good. But now I am stuck. The front of the old leg has a pattern in it consisting of two long grooves from the top down to the point where the seat joins the leg. I thought I could use a 'v' groove router bit to do this. But the problem I ran into is that half way down the upper part of the leg there is a curve. So I cannot keep it in contact with the router bit. I need to know if I can purchase a router bit that will do this work when the leg is sitting flat on the router table. I took a photo of the pieces and if I can I will upload it here so that it can be seen clearly what I am trying to do. Thank you to anyone who can advise me on this.



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The only one that's going to work is: 1 pc 1/2" Shank Full Bead with Two Bearings Router Bit - eBay (item 140522650479 end time Apr-10-11 20:39:34 PDT)
And, it would best be done on the table with some very good height adjustments capability. Why suggest the multiple cove bits? They are the inverse of what's required for this restoration.
Do you know or can we find out the manufacturer of this double bearing bead bit? I've had times this bit would have solved some issues for me but I've imagined it but not seen it before.
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Hi Regis.
The bit is from George Hsu, who imports from China.I've had many of his bits. He is good to work with. His descriptions are exceptionally good.

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Hi Peter,
I've since found several sources and quite different details to the profile for this beading bit. I guess I just didn't look hard enough in the past. Some come to a V-shaped root and others have various widths of a flat bottomed root between the beads.There are also single and multiple bead versions with only one bearing and others with two bearings. Hard to tell from the OP photos whether the original was made with a rotating tool or a scratch tool.
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I really appreciate the information from everyone. But just to clarify. Are you telling me that the router bit you describe that is listed for sale on E-Bay will do the required job for me on this chair leg.? If I can be certain that is the case I will most certainly purchase it. Many thanks.

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Roary,
Google "double bearing beading router bits" and find one from a reputable manufacturer that matches the existing profile; eg Amanna, whiteside.... You'll find several with double beads and others with two bearings. Since you'll want the lowest risk option I'd seek a two bearing bit. Also, I think this restoration would be best done on a router table but the two-bearing bit would be the best choice for a hand-held operation. Good luck!
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Regis:
Thank you for your reply. My router is table mounted. I do not have a hand held one. I will indeed purchase the bit you recommend.

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I checked Amana Tool on line but I don't see where it tells me how to place an order. Have you ordered from Amana before and if so could you please tell me how you did it? Thank you.

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I checked Amana Tool on line but I don't see where it tells me how to place an order. Have you ordered from Amana before and if so could you please tell me how you did it? Thank you.

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Hi Roary - I've ordered Amana bits before but not directly from Amana. I use this distributor: Router bits, Saw blades, CNC Router Bits, Shaper Cutters & More
Don't know if they stock the particular bit you are looking for but it would be a place to start.

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