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I have about 50 disks, 1-1/4 inches in diameter, 1/4 inch thick which are game pieces. I would like to round the edges on both circumferences with a 1/8 inch rounding bit with a bearing. I don't know if that can safely be done on a table by hand since there are no holes in the disks to anchor them. I will be making them from slicing a dowel rod that I have not purchased yet, but I suspect the dowel will be oak.

I have done this on larger wheels for toys but nothing that small.

Any suggestions to accomplish this safely?
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Do you have a lathe? If so, my suggestion would be to turn a series of beads on the dowel first, and then slice them free into the little disks you want. Trying to rout a round-over on that small of a piece seems way to dangerous to me.

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HI Ron

I would suggest using a SMALL router table and your Dremel tool with the Small router bits (round over) you can turn the speed way down and that should take the fear out of it...a quick made jig to run the disk in should do the trick..and to keep your fingers out of the router bit..

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I have about 50 disks, 1-1/4 inches in diameter, 1/4 inch thick which are game pieces. I would like to round the edges on both circumferences with a 1/8 inch rounding bit with a bearing. I don't know if that can safely be done on a table by hand since there are no holes in the disks to anchor them. I will be making them from slicing a dowel rod that I have not purchased yet, but I suspect the dowel will be oak.

I have done this on larger wheels for toys but nothing that small.

Any suggestions to accomplish this safely?


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I have about 50 disks, 1-1/4 inches in diameter, 1/4 inch thick which are game pieces. I would like to round the edges on both circumferences with a 1/8 inch rounding bit with a bearing. I don't know if that can safely be done on a table by hand since there are no holes in the disks to anchor them. I will be making them from slicing a dowel rod that I have not purchased yet, but I suspect the dowel will be oak.

I have done this on larger wheels for toys but nothing that small.

Any suggestions to accomplish this safely?
Hi Ron - How about combining Bj's and Ralph's suggestions. Use a bit like this:
MLCS groove forming router bits
on your router table to create the series of grooves in the rod and then cut them apart.
For a jig, I would just use a v-block from the front of the table to the bit and use the fence for a stop block. Drop the rod on the bit, give a quick rotation and cut off your disk.
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Thanks for the suggestions. You have been helpful.
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Hi all
You can make little circle with this tool (it is in english)

http://www.lescopeaux.asso.fr/Techni...de_Anglais.pdf

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HI Ron

Think biscuits
Just buy some disks that are done ,,I'm not sure if you can use the one below they are 1 1/2" OD and 5/32" thick but if you put some water on them they will blow up to 3/16" thick and with just a little bit of sanding your done..and you can get them for peanuts.


Biscuit kits and Glue Spreader

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To cut out small cir. use a plunge router over bit to do the job all with one bit..you can make your own jig easy.

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It never ceases to amaze me that there are always so many ways to accomplish the same task. Thanks for all the wisdom.
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