How to Make a Bevel Wood Cut

Updated February 21, 2017

Bevelled wood edges are made using a router. Routers can cut a clean bevel with a finished edge. Bevels are used for decorative edges on furniture tops as well as in woodworking parts such as door panels. A special bit, called a chamfer bit, is used to create bevelled edges. Chamfer bits come in a wide range of sizes so that you can get the desired size bevel for your project. Always test your router set-up on a scrap piece of wood before you rout the edge of your project material.

Place the wood board for your project on a work bench with the side that you want to bevel hanging over the edge slightly.

Clamp the board to the bench using bench clamps. Make sure that the board will not move. If the board is not clamped tightly it can be dangerous and also potentially damage your work piece.

Insert a chamfer bit into the router and lock it in place. Adjust the height of the bit so that it will cut the edge in the thickness of your work piece.

Turn the router on and rest the base of the router onto the edge of the board. Guide the router into the edge of the wood and move it across the edge in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the router from the wood once the edge is completely bevelled and turn the router off.


Test the router bit profile on a scrap piece of wood prior to using it on your project wood.


Wear eye and ear protection when operating a router.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood board
  • Work bench
  • Bench clamps
  • Chamfer bit
  • Router
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.