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darcyl66

12:54PM | 04/24/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
3 lifetime posts
just wondering if anybody can give some advice on how to router the door edges.Do i need a guide or can yo free hand it and a well what type of bit?

Mark Hammond

06:41PM | 04/27/04
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
It all depends on what you want to do but the naterial (mdf) works well with most router bits. No matter what style you get I would suggest getting carbide bits because they last longer and cut better than high speed steel. If you are shaping the edges you need to get a bit with a bearing on the end. The bearings act as guides that give you an even cut along edges and ends. On wood you would do the ends first and then the edges to prevent splitting but with mdf anywhere you want to start is fine. There are many shapes to choose from such as the rounding over bit, the chamfer bit and ogee shape. You should go to a store and take a look at them before you decide. For intermediate cuts in the center of doors or panels where a bearing cannot be used you probably need a router table with a fence to act as the guide......MJH

Mark Hammond

06:44PM | 04/27/04
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
It all depends on what you want to do but the naterial (mdf) works well with most router bits. No matter what style you get I would suggest getting carbide bits because they last longer and cut better than high speed steel. If you are shaping the edges you need to get a bit with a bearing on the end. The bearings act as guides that give you an even cut along edges and ends. On wood you would do the ends first and then the edges to prevent splitting but with mdf anywhere you want to start is fine. There are many shapes to choose from such as the rounding over bit, the chamfer bit and ogee shape. You should go to a store and take a look at them before you decide. For intermediate cuts in the center of doors or panels where a bearing cannot be used you probably need a router table with a fence to act as the guide......MJH


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