How to use a round-over router bit

The round-over router bit, a carbide-tipped cutter for use in a router, allows you to make decorative or rounded smooth edges in wood. By flipping your stock over and making a second pass, you can produce a beautiful half-round edge on your project.

The round-over router bit comes in 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch shafts and has a collar for freehand use, in case you prefer not to use it in a router table.

Always think safety first and put on protective gear, such as safety glasses and hearing protection.

Cut several pieces of 3-inch-wide by 12-inch-long scraps of material the same thickness as the material you are using on your project; you can employ a tablesaw for this step. You will use this material to adjust your router and fence to get a perfect fit.

Install the round-over router bit into your router if you want to use one.

  • The round-over router bit, a carbide-tipped cutter for use in a router, allows you to make decorative or rounded smooth edges in wood.
  • The round-over router bit comes in 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch shafts and has a collar for freehand use, in case you prefer not to use it in a router table.

Adjust the height of the bit so that it will just start to remove material when you start to router your work piece.

Take a piece of your scrap material and place it on a nonslip pad, and then router one edge.

Adjust the depth of cut a little at a time until you have the edge profile want for your project.

Save the pieces of test scrap material for a set-up block to set the router quickly and accurately for future projects.

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