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A dual-purpose router bit that cuts both beads and coves, which then fit together to create curving forms!
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1'' D x 5/8'' H x 1/8'' R x 1/2'' Shank Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Bit
1'' D x 5/8'' H x 1/8'' R x 1/2'' Shank Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Bit Item #: 36195
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$69.99
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1'' D x 7/8'' H x 3/16'' R x 1/2'' Shank Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Bit
1'' D x 7/8'' H x 3/16'' R x 1/2'' Shank Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Bit Item #: 91701
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$54.99
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1-1/2'' D x 1-1/4'' H x 1/4'' R x 1/2'' Shank Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Bit
1-1/2'' D x 1-1/4'' H x 1/4'' R x 1/2'' Shank Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Bit Item #: 36992
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$69.99
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Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Router Bits - 1/2" Shank

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GRP18920
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Now in larger sizes for coopered barrels and curved doors! Exclusive sizes sold only at Rocker!

Canoe makers use the smaller versions of these bits to make the long, seamless joints in the curving hulls of their canoes. We also sell larger versions for stock up to 1/2" thick (1/4" radius), which is ideal for building coopered barrels and curving door panels. To machine your parts, just use the upper half of the bit for the cove, then adjust the router to cut the mating bead. The resulting joint has a "hinging" action that is perfect for any curved element. The entire bit can also be used as an attractive decorative edge or molding profile. Dimensions listed are radiuses. To determine stock thickness, simply double the listed radius.

(1) Rockler Bead and Cove Bit for Canoe Building
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Weight 0.3200
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This is a great product, and you have outstanding service!
August 15, 2016
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over 3 years ago
Very fast shipping to Canada, excellent...
Very fast shipping to Canada, excellent product. I'm very impressed with the quality of the product and customer service they were very helpful.
June 29, 2011
Very fast shipping, every time I...
Very fast shipping, every time I called someone was there to answer the phone and they were more than helpful.
August 4, 2009
The advertized size is the radius...
The advertized size is the radius of cove and bead.
August 22, 2013
My issue is mainly with the...
My issue is mainly with the naming of the product. It is called Bead and Radius, with a dimension preceding that such a '1/4 inch Bead and Radius'. One might assume that bit made a 1/4 inch wide bead on the edge of a 1/4 inch strip and one would be wrong.That bit produces a 1/4" radius curve, which is a 1/2" diameter curve. This would be for a 1/2" strip. So if your wood strip is 1/4", this is the wrong product.
July 3, 2010
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Why did you choose this?
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to make radios fence
David S on Jun 21, 2018
To make a strong 'barrel' pedestal for table.
Robert H on Apr 29, 2018
to make radios fence
David S on Jun 21, 2018
it's the size I want to use. Hard to find else where.
EARL J on May 1, 2018
To make a strong 'barrel' pedestal for table.
Robert H on Apr 29, 2018
Thus far, I haven't found a bead & cove bit on the same shaft. Should make the set-up proceed smoothly with less fuss. Great idea!
Francoise S on Feb 12, 2018
Curved box cover
Mickey C on Aug 11, 2017
to build a small boat in red cedar
Phillip N D on Jul 13, 2017
building a strip canoe
Michael J on May 29, 2017
I am building a canoe
Jose D on Mar 31, 2017
Building barrel
Richard R on Mar 14, 2017
boatbuilding project- edging planking
Thomas F L on Jan 18, 2017
great service !!!
David D on Dec 16, 2016
future curved projects
Charlie on Sep 2, 2016
I have been very happy with other Rockler products.<br />I chose this to make a cedar strip canoe. I ordered the wrong bit from Amazon but will keep it for other projects. Simply said, if it is Rockler, it is good. Amazon gave me four different answers on which bit to buy for 1/4 x 3/4 inch strips. Live and learn but no harm done. I was very impressed with the thin rip jig made by Rockler.
Kevin O on Aug 5, 2016
To build canoe.
william b on Mar 10, 2016
Bead & cove 3/16ths strips for kayak
Robert P on Mar 3, 2016
This was a birthday gift for my brother-in-law
Tanya W on Jan 24, 2016
just what I needed to make my cedar strip canoe
James G on Jan 5, 2016
For a boat building project requiring 1/2" thick planking. The bead and cove mold on the planks allow them to follow the curvature of the boat for a better gluing surface.
Daniel N on Aug 10, 2015
I am hoping that this bit will help me create the 1/4 inch cove and matching nead for 1/4 inch canoe building strips!
John N on Jul 6, 2015
Canoe building
John I on May 11, 2015
Doing construction with cedar strips
george m. b on May 6, 2015
to make tambour lid for chest
Douglas Y on Apr 21, 2015
it's the size I want to use. Hard to find else where.
EARL J on May 1, 2018
Thus far, I haven't found a bead & cove bit on the same shaft. Should make the set-up proceed smoothly with less fuss. Great idea!
Francoise S on Feb 12, 2018
I need to cut a bead and cove into 2*4 material for a cedar hot tub. I have a shaper and a heavy duty router. What bits would you recommend to make the cuts? I assume they do not make a bead and cove to do it in one pass so i am fine with multiple passes.
Ryan H on Mar 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't recommend this specific router bit for 2 x 4's since its made for 1/4" stock.
I would do individual passes with size matching roundover and the opposite cut but.
by using those bits you would have to rout each edge twice, but you would get the result you want.
Another option is to have a bead and cove bit fabricated to suit your exact needs, that is if you will you that bit in the future (since it can be pricey to have a special bit made).
Hope this helps you in your decision.
Tim
Which of the three products do I order if my canoe strip is 1/4" thick by 3/4" high?
Kevin O on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: the radius is 1/2 the diameter of a circle. If the strips are 1/4 inch thick the radius should be 1/8 since the finished edge will be 1/2 of a circle
Can I use this on 3/8 inch thick strips?
Geoff on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. You'll have to adjust the height and if aligning the bead and cove is an issue, a quick sanding with 60 grit paper will solve any alignment problems.
what bit to use for 1/2" strips. Information on video is different - stock no's do not match, The stock thickness should be shown on the cutter information. Are all cutters listed!?
Les W on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure if you are using 1/2" thick strips or 1/2" wide strips. The answer would be different. However, the width of the strip is not an issue as much as it is the thickness. I do recommend that you use a matching bit to thickness ie..1/4" =1/4" and run the bead before the cove and make a cedar featherboard that can apply light pressure to keep your strips evenly contacted to the router bit. If your strips are not yet ripped you may want to rethink the size to 3/4"width x 1/4" thick. Very flexible and less likely to break as you move them around. Have fun and don't give up.
I need to make bead and cove out of 1x 4 or 3/4” material for barrel sauna do they make a router bit set for this idea ?
Gary B on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I found mine in a boat building mag. And matched through rockler.
Am I right in assuming that the 91791 bit will give me a half cove with a bead on the edge of a 3/4 in thick board?
John C on May 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I assume you mean the router bit 91701 and not 91791. This bit is designed for 3/8" thick stock, not 3/4" it's a dual profile bit, one profile mill's a bead, the other profile mill's the cove after raising or lowering the bit to use whichever profile you need. Useful when making canoes, barrels, flower pots, and round or curved objects from thin stock. I suppose you could make a double bead and cove profile on 3/4" stock with this. Never tried it, only used it for canoes, for which it works nicely.
The advice for the bead and cove bits are that you use 36195 1/8 for 1/4 in stock. ?Yet will this not leave a 1/16 shoulder on each side . And the photos show the bead cut the full width. Derek
Derek L on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: In our case we achieved a small shoulder by setting the router table fence back slightly from full depth of cut.
We used the pieces to provide contoured cover for a decorative chest, not for a canoe where the fit would be more critical .
Try some practice parts to get your settings where you want them. The bits worked great
Hope this helps
What bit do I use on 1/4 in wood ?
Jim R on Oct 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Item # 36195: Use this bit, as it has a 1/8" radius (cove and bead).... Meaning, the diameter will 1/4" or your wood thickness. If you had 3/8" thick stock, you would need 3/16" radius
I’m from the UK and use mm rather than inches. I can’t work out which bit I’ll need if the thickness of my strips are 12mm (0.472 inch)?
Regardless of this, the images on the site should show the measurements on the actual picture of the bit.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
JamieNE on May 16, 2018