To router or not to router

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To router or not to router

Post by JesseP » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:29 pm

Just pondering over the idea of using a round over bit on on inwales and outwales before I finish the canoe. I have already broken the edge with a spoke shave and sand paper... Just I little hesitant to take a power tool to it ie..tear out is a big fear.

Any ideas of how to get the best edge on the gunwales would be awesome!

Thanks again.
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Re: To router or not to router

Post by Cruiser » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:01 pm

I used a round over bit and it worked fine, just pay attention to the grain direction. If you are worried, you can sand the edges, but routing is a better shape IMO.


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Re: To router or not to router

Post by Jim Dodd » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:19 am

Before installing mine, I route the bottom inside edge of my gunnels, it's hard to do once installed.
After they are installed, I route both top edges.
If you are concerned about tearing up your gunnels, set your bit shallow, so it just takes a little with the first pass, then readjust a little until you are happy.

Good Luck !

Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

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