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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Default Router bit brain freeze!

What router bit would you use to dress up 1/2 inch Baltic Birch when making drawers?

All four sides would be 1/2 inch BB. A drawer front will be attached later.

Rout before assembly or after?

I am trying to figure out the workflow for 18 drawers. Actually I would like make one pass per piece before assembly and end up with just a slight roundover on the top edge of each piece. That will make the joints look a little goofy. Not sure I like that.

Heading to YouTube to look around.

I could use some advice from the experts.

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after so the joints won't need jack mitering...
hand dress them to your happiness...
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I like and use 1/8" round over on 1/2" BB ply
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I am with John, use a 1/8" RO on the outside edges.

Don in Murfreesboro,Tn.

Measure once cut twice and it's still to short.
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Small round over after the box is built on the router table. If you are adding a front remember to leave the front of the box alone. Rounding it will look goofy.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Here in Kentucky, we have a Mennonite community nearby. We still see the black horse-drawn buggies rolling down the streets, or hitched to a light post at Lowe's or Tractor Supply when they need materials.

So I was headed home with a load of stuff when I stopped to talk to a man who looked like he came from the 1800's. He was friendly. I can't remember his name though.

We got to talking about the material I was carrying on my truck. I told him about my CNC table, and all of the tools I use. He listened patiently, and when I was finished, he reached into his buggy and pulled out this crude metal hand tool that looked like it was made in a prison hobby shop. He said, "This is how we do it." He proceeded to put the finest radius edge on one of my boards ... He just ran the tool along the edge for a few strokes, and it was done. Here I am, using a $20,000.00 table, a router and a computer, and this old guy did it just as easy as you can imagine, using some old, handmade metal tool that I would kick to the side.

They build furniture here. It is nothing short of STUNNING in its quality and craftsmanship. I wish I could afford to fill my home with furniture made by these people.

I asked him if I could stop buy his shop and work with him for a few days "to LEARN a thing or two!" He said, "You can learn how to cut a piece of wood in a few minutes. Learning how to cut it right the first time, and make it fit, takes a lot longer." Then he gave me directions to his farm and invited me to stop by. He told me to leave the cell phone and the electric tools at home, since they don't have cell service or electricity. "We do everything by hand, using the best tools God ever created. We use our brains, and our hands." he said. I really respect that man.
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A lot to be said for that. Unfortunately, today's mindset is that of speed, looks, and lowest cost. Quality and appreciation takes a back seat.


I'm just as guilty ............. til it comes to my stuff!!!
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Lee Valley-Veritas offers a "conering set", which I believe is a copy of a defunct Stanley tool. Always reminded me of something made from a beer can opener, if you are old enough to remember what a beer can opener looked like. Quiet, quick, and relatively easy to use.

Veritas® Cornering Tool Set - Lee Valley Tools
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I had a couple of those! I loved 'em...stolen with the rest of my tools.
$#@$#^%*(& sticky fingered %^$!!!
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