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Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and kinda new to using a router. I mostly use a scroll saw. I have always loved what a router can do and finally picked up one with a table to work with. I have a question about a round over bit I have. I have it set in my table and I was practicing on some scrap wood I have and all went well, except I noticed that it leaves a 'lip' of sorts on the top of the rounded over part. It looks nice, but that is not the look I was going for. I just wanted a plain rounding over of the edges.

Do I have the bit to high? To low? Or am I doing something else totally wrong? As I'm just learning what I am doing, I know I am making a million mistakes but I am enjoying using the router. Any help would be appreciated.

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Tweak your height and test again. I do that every time I use a roundover bit.

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in a router table the bit is set too high...
if were in a free hand router it would be set to low...
play w/ the setting...
learn to do it by eye...
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A roundover bit can make two different cuts depending on the size of bearing. If the bearing is the same size as the bottom end of the cutter then you get the roundover. Use a smaller bearing and you get a profile instead (like a roman ogee for example). If you are using it to make a profile then you want that edge you are talking about.

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Rob, you can make adjustments easier with some brass set up bars. I will take some photos showing how easy they make it. I had some old photos of this but the quality wasn't that good so it is time for new ones.
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another think...
if your board isn't flat that shoulder will be irregular despite all the careful adjustment in the world...
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Hey, Rob; welcome!
All of the above, especially the playing with the ht. adj. on a piece of scrap.
Fair warning, watch out for hidden nails on previously used wood...router bits don't like that at all!
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A bigger bit will give you a different effect on the piece by positioning it to a different spot on the bit...higher closer vs lower further...

Play with different sizes and different positions...

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Thank you everyone. I really do appreciate all the help. I so wish there were places around here that have classes, as I want to learn as much as I can. It's the same with scroll saw work, I want to learn Intarsia, but there are no classes. I really love all all the things a router can do and want to get the most out of it. I watch a ton of You Tube videos but you can't ask a video a question.

Thank you all again. I will try all your suggestions.
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