Must Have Router Bits: Chamfer Bits for Straight Edge Countertop Cuts
posted on December 1, 2010 by AJ Hamler
Chamfer router bit The angled blades of the chamfer bit are perfect for routing out cuts to make miter joints.

Chamfer bits make a single kind of cut — a straight angled edge — but, depending on the bit’s cutter angle, you can make it do a number of tasks. A 45-degree chamfer bit can create perfect miters for boxes. Other angles can be used for coopering (a 11.25-degree bit makes the correct edge angle for a 16-segment polygon). Like a roundover, a chamfered edge can ease sharp corners. Laminate installers often use a chamfer on countertop edges.

Available cutter angles depend on the manufacturer, but you should be able to easily find 11.25, 15, 22.5, 25, 30 and 45 degrees. You’ll probably use a 45-degree chamfer more than any other. Since the size of a chamfer is controlled by how far the bit is extended from the router, it’s not surprising that there are somewhat fewer sizes of chamfer bits available than other styles.

posted on December 1, 2010 by AJ Hamler
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