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decorative edges without a router

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Oct 23, 2013, 08:55 AM
decorative edges without a router
I see all these beautiful edges that I would like to have on my projects, but the problem is that I do not have a router. Is there a way to accomplish this without having to buying a router?
Oct 23, 2013, 08:58 AM
The only other way would be to use a decorative trim as a wrap type edging. Downside is that there will always be a gap between the edging trim and the base material.

If you are planning several projects that may need decorative edging, a router would be a good investment.

Oct 23, 2013, 12:10 PM
Yes, a router would be a good idea, but, get one that can accommodate both 1/2 as well as 1/4 inch bits
Oct 23, 2013, 12:23 PM
all the really fun bits only come in 1/2 inch, because the shanks break off in 1/4. a dual-collet router is a great choice.

that said, I have made all my doors and drawers using a 1/4 collet router without incident. it did keep me from making sculpted-edge raised inserts in the doors, however.

handyman-grade routers are all over the place from $80 to $100, while a dual-collet is closer to $200.

best way to do good repeatable work is with a router table, and there are some serviceable ones from Wolfcraft and others under $100. got a plastic table with the router for Christmas a few years ago, and the legs broke during assembly. didn't have a standard accessory groove for more secure and stable adjustment, either, while the Wolfcraft did. augmented my stock of holders and finger jigs from Rockler.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Oct 28, 2013, 03:16 PM
In the days before routers, craftsmen made decorative edges with specialized planes. Some folks still use this method and it does work, but the cost of the planes and irons, and the work it takes to keep them sharp would probably be more than buying a moderately priced router and table.