Put a bead in any board

While building a cabinet recently, I decided I wanted a beaded-board look on the doors, but didn’t want to hassle with beading a solid-wood panel. (Router bits designed for this task don’t work in the middle of a panel.)

So, using a dado set on my tablesaw, I made my own by cutting 14 " grooves where I wanted the beads. After breaking the edges of each groove, I glued a 14 " dowel into each groove. The end result: It looks just like the real McCoy. Try using this technique with a contrasting species of dowel for visual effect.
Robert Holzer, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.

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