We all know that chamfer bits work great for easing exposed edges. But did you know that with them you can cut dead-on miters with little setup involved? Here's how.
A great way to make on the money miters. We all know that chamfer bits work great for easing exposed edges. But did you know that with them you can cut dead-on miters with little setup involved? Here's how.
As you can see in the chart below, chamfer bits come in five cutter angles for making boxes with various numbers of sides. Note that they 45° bit we show is considerably larger than the other chamfer bits. That's because we prefer to use bits capable of making a full-edge cut in 3/4"-thick stock. For such material you need to move up to the largest 45° bits generally available -- those with a cutting diameter of 2-1/2" or more.
Note also in the chart that there are two kinds of miter cuts you can make with chamfer bits: end-grain miters (for shallow boxes or frames), and edge-grain miters (for deeper boxes). In the steps that follow we'll make both types of miter cuts with a table-mounted router.
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