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What are reed and bead

router cutters?

  bead router cutters     
  Bead and reed router cutters with examples of the shape they create on a wooden edge  

Bead and reed router cutters or bead and corner mould cutters are used to create bead and reed profiles on the edges of materials.


They can be used alone or combined to produce a number of different profiles. 



  A two-fluted bead cutter  


Most bead and reed router cutters have two flutes and so should produce a reasonably clean finish in materials.

  Image showing that most bead and router cutters do not have the bottom cut facility  

Bottom cut

Most bead and reed cutters do not have the bottom cut facility, as they are designed for shaping the edge of materials. However, there are some exceptions (see next page for details).

  Image showing that bead and router cutters may or may not have a guide  


Some bead and reed router cutters have a guide pin or bearing located beneath their cutting edges; others do not have a guide at all. 


Applicationsbead router cutters

Below are some of the most common applications in which bead and reed profiles are used.

  Image to show where bead and reed cutters can be used to restore antique wooden furniture  

Antiques reproductions/restorations

Bead and reed cutters are often used when restoring an antique item, or decorating a new one in the style of an earlier period. 

  Stair treads with edges rounded by a beading cutter  

Rounding over

Bead cutters are often used to completely round the sharp edge of table tops or the treads of stairs. 

  A wooden clock with a frame shaped by a beading cutter  


Like edge moulding cutters, bead cutters are often used to rout decorative frames for pictures, clocks, mirrors and plaques.



Bead and reed router cutters are available in the following Trend ranges:

  The TREND Professional TCT router cutter range    
  The TREND Craft Pro router cutter range    
      bead router cutters  
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