I think and someone correct me if I'm wrong but you can make your own set for almost any thickness material by combining matching cove and roundover bits.Doverwood said:I'd like to be sure I select the correct drop leaf router bit set. I see one from Freud for tables with a 3/4" top. The table I'm planning has a 1" top. Can any one recommend a solution? Thanks!
Yes and hinges come in a surface mount and an inset and they do make a difference in the design.Les Loken said:I do belive to achive your drop leaf . That you need a drop leaf hindge, it will have an off center hindge whitch is about a three to one ratio. This hindge when correctly placed will make the lesf flush and not expose the hindge.
BobandRick said:Just tried putting 3/4" roundover and cove for the drop leaf table on a 1" top thickness. When cutting the cove we need to set the fence distance to match the bearing and then raise the router bit in about three different exposures of the cove then cut. The height measurements are raised in small cuts until they match the round over cut.
Steps to doing the cuts are as follows:
1) Make sure the table and leaf sections are exactly the same thickness see photo roundmaterial.jpg
2) Set up the roundover bit to have approx. 1/8" of the profile line exposed. Cut the roundover on a scrap piece and the main table, see photo roundoversetup.jpg and roundovercut.jpg
3) Set up the cove bit to match the roundover cut on the main table. See photo roundovermargin.jpg, roundcovesetup.jpg and roundcovesetup1.jpg
4) If the cove needs to be cut in smaller cuts you can raise the cove into 1/4 position and cut then raise and put into 1/2 position then cut etc. Remember you can always take another cut but you can't add material back on...SO be sure to be careful to get the pieces to match. See roundfinishcut.jpg
That's how we do it.
OK I did the sketches and they are first with 3/4" stock and 1/2" roundover done per the hardware listed above (attachment 1). The joint looks like I think it should. Then I went to 1" stock and used the 3/4" roundover done again per the hardware listed above attachment 2). This joint also looks good.reible said:OK,
I have found some hardware for drop leaf tables at:
They have some pdf information that I will review and see if I can make my drawings match the hinge information they give and see what happens. Sorry I don't have the time right now to do it but maybe in a day or two......unless someone else wants to chime in with some new input.