How to Use Roman Ogee Router Bits


You can use a Roman ogee router bit, a carbide-tipped cutter, with a router table or to router freehand. The Roman ogee router bit comes in 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch shafts and has a bearing for freehand routering use. The Roman ogee router bIt produces a decorative edge detail as well as several different profiles. You can achieve the various designs by setting the router bit at different depths of cut.

Step 1

Put on your safety glasses and hearing protection.

Step 2

Cut a few scraps of wood large enough for the router's base to run along and not tip as you router the test blocks. You can use a table saw for this step. A good size would be 3 inch x 9 inch of 3/4-inch wood.

Step 3

Unplug the router and install the Roman ogee router bit into the router.

Step 4

Adjust the depth of cut so that the router bit will cut approximately 1/8 inch of material for the first pass.

Step 5

Set your scrap material on a non-slip mat so you can router an edge of the wood in a counterclockwise rotation. Make your first pass with the router.

Step 6

Lower the router bit 1/4 inch and make another pass with the router.

Step 7

Repeat Step 6 until you get the profile you want for your project.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always unplug your router when changing bits or making adjustments. Check the router bit before use for dullness or damage. Never start the router with the bit in contact with wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Table saw
  • Router
  • Roman ogee router bit
  • Scrap pieces of wood


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Who Can Help

  • "Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers;" Lonnie Bird; 2006
  • "Woodworking with the Router;" Bill Hylton; 2009
Keywords: Roman ogee, router bit, freehand router

About this Author

Jim Wildman served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Chief for 10 years. After his tour of duty in Desert Storm he attended Oklahoma State University receiving his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked as an architect for 10 years before starting his own design/build company. He began writing in 2009 for Demand Studios and published on eHow.

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