How to Make a Bevel Wood Cut

Written by jonah morrissey
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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.

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Things you need

  • Wood board
  • Work bench
  • Bench clamps
  • Chamfer bit
  • Router

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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