Rockler Bead & Cove Canoe Building Router Bits - 1/2" Shank
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.
over 3 years ago
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.
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
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.
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