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Cutting a bevel on the edge of a curved board

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I'm in the process of designing a TV armoire type cabinet - mostly to keep my cat away from cables :D

I trying to figure out how to do the bevel on the curved edges at the tops of the doors. I figure some kind of router bit, but that would probably mean buying a new router bit just for this one project which I'm not so keen on. I don't have mind doing it by hand if that's the easiest, but machine is obviously faster. The long straight bevels could be done on a table saw for example, but I can't see how to do the curved edges safely.

Any suggestions?

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If you are talking about the raised panel part of the door (versus the frame), a raised panel bit would be a common way of doing this.  I agree they are pricey so you will have to decide if it is worth it.  I'm sure there are ways to do it by hand but, if there is a fillet where the bevel and the field meet (I can't quite tell from the pic) that could be challenging along the arch for someone like me.

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I used and have a couple of raised panel bits and they work well!  Be sure to slow your router speed way down if you go this way!

They do become a bit tricky around curves so, you'll have to be careful there as well.

Where are you located?   Perhaps a member here has a bit you could borrow for the project?

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I have a raised panel bit, but I don't like the profile for this particular situation. It doesn't need to have the fillet, though I think it is common. The one I have creates an ogee, but I rather like the simpler shape above.

52 minutes ago, ..Kev said:

I used and have a couple of raised panel bits and they work well!  Be sure to slow your router speed way down if you go this way!

They do become a bit tricky around curves so, you'll have to be careful there as well.

Where are you located?   Perhaps a member here has a bit you could borrow for the project?

I'm in Nova Scotia, which is a very low population density area. I might look at a different router bit. My local Lee Valley has a bit that would form a bevel like the one above for about $80 plus tax (CAD of course)

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That's actually a pretty decent price..  I think mine were over $100.00 plus tax.

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Maybe I'm misreading this.  How long is the bevel going to be?  If it's just for the tops of doors or the top of the cabinet... A chamfer bit would work.   If it's a long bevel, then a raised panel set up is your best bet.

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Remember to slow the RPM's. I'm sure you can find a chart or read it in the bits instructions. Some hardwoods do better with several light cuts as opposed to all at once. 

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