How to Use Chamfer Router Bits


The chamfer router bit is used to make a beveled edge on wood projects and can also be used in multi-sided boxes, planters, columns or beams. There are several styles of the chamfer bit that have different bevel angles and varied lengths of cut. The bit comes in 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch shaft styles and can be used in a router table or freehand router.

Step 1

Unplug the router and install the chamfer router bit.

Step 2

Cut a few pieces of scrap wood material into test blocks. A table saw will work well for this step. They can be any size scraps as long as they are wide enough for the router to ride along. A 3 x 9 inch piece is a good working size.

Step 3

Place a piece of scrap material on a nonslip pad.

Step 4

Adjust the router so the chamfer router bit will cut about a 1/8 inch of material on the first pass. This is good practice to minimize any tear out while you are routering. Run the router from left to right along the scrap material.

Step 5

Adjust the router another 1/4 inch and cut again from left to right.

Step 6

Repeat Step 6 until you have the profile you desire for your project.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear protective gear when using a table saw or router. Always check the router bit before use---look for loose bearings and a dull or damaged cutting surface. Never use a damaged router bit. Recheck the router to ensure the router bit is tight after prolonged use.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective gear, including safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Router
  • Chamfer router bit
  • Table saw
  • Scrap material
  • nonslip pad


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Who Can Help

  • "Woodworking with the Router;" Bill Hylton; 2009
  • "Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers;" Lonnie Bird; 2006
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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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