Many woodworkers prefer to make rabbet cuts with a straight bit rather than a piloted router bit for a couple of reasons: piloted bits have a tendency to jump and wtii foiiow any imperfections in the edge of the board; they also wtii cut rabbets of only a set depth (even piloted rabbet bits with Interchangeable bearings are ■hilled to four set depths). By using a jig [ike the one shown to the left, you increase the bearing surface, preventing jump-outs, and you can adjust the relationship of the jig to the bit to cut rabbets of any depth up to ifte maximum cutting capacity of the bit To make the jig. simply choose a straight piece of scrap about 1 ft long, make a notch slightly deeper than the bit diameter, and clamp the jig to the router base so the fait protrudes to the depth of the cut
Doubie Roman ogee bit
Use a roundover bit to remove sharp edges or renew a beat-up edge
The piloted roundover bit is a quick and reliable tool for easing sharp edges on just about any piece of furniture or trim. In most cases, the best time to roundover the edge is after the furniture is assembled, as with the picnic table that's receiving the roundover treatment in the photo to the right- A roundover bit doesn't have to be used on new furniture projects only. It's also a great device for giving a shot of new l ife to an older piece of furniture that has damaged, dented or even rotted edges. A bit with a 3/8- or lA-m. cutting radius is a good general purpose choice.
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