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Routing the Basic Rule Joint

Combining two router bits and some hinge and screw hardware allows you to make a clever and attractive rule joint.



By matching a 1/2" cove-cutting bit to a bearing-guided 1/2" roundover bit, you have everything you need to form a classic rule joint. Test your setup on scrap stock of exactly the same thickness as your table top and leaves. Use multiple passes to achieve your desired cut — especially in hard maple. Locate and mortise in your rule joint hinges, and you’ll be well on your way.


Combining two router bits and some hinge and screw hardware allows you to make a clever and attractive rule joint.



By matching a 1/2" cove-cutting bit to a bearing-guided 1/2" roundover bit, you have everything you need to form a classic rule joint. Test your setup on scrap stock of exactly the same thickness as your table top and leaves. Use multiple passes to achieve your desired cut — especially in hard maple. Locate and mortise in your rule joint hinges, and you’ll be well on your way.

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