What are the different types & sizes

of edge moulding router cutter?

         
         
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Trend offer six main types of edge moulding router cutter.

 
 

Classic edge moulding router cutters

 
  Classic and decorative edge moulding router cutters and an example of the shape they can create on a wooden edge  

These cutters are designed to produce traditional profiles for items such as picture frames, mirrors, clocks, plaques and plinths. They include cutters for routing Roman ogee edges and a classic bearing guided corner cutter.

 
         
 

Decorative edge moulding router cutters

 
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Decorative edge moulding cutters produce slightly more unusual profiles, of various types. Architrave and framing are common uses for these cutters.

 
         
 

Torus moulding router cutters

 
  Torus moulding router cutters and examples of the shape they can create on a wooden edge  

Torus moulding cutters are used to produce semi-circular profiles, known as torus mouldings, on the edge of materials. These profiles are commonly seen on skirting boards. 

 
         
 

Cornice moulding router cutters 

 
  Cornice moulding router cutters and an example of the shape they can create on a wooden edge  

These cutters, as the name suggests, are designed to rout the profiles for cornice moulding. 

 
         
 

Multi-mould router cutters

 
  Multi-mould router cutters and examples of the shapes they can create on a wooden edge  

Multi-mould cutters can be used to produce different profiles, simply by altering their height in the router, or the position of the router table fence.

 

They can be used to create moulding for a variety of different applications, including skirting boards and furniture finishes. 

 
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Handrail router cutters

 
  A handrail router cutter and a diagram showing how it can be used with an ovolo routing cutter to create the shape of a hand rail  

These cutters are used in conjunction with various rounding over cutters to create custom handrails. The rounding over cutters rout the tops of handrails, while the handrail cutters rout the side profiles. 

 
         
  Wooden handrails created with a handrail router cutter  

They allow you to create handrails in a number of different styles, whether you want something purely decorative, or one that offers a practical feature such as a larger gripping area.  

 
         
 

Doll's house moulding router cutters

 
  Examples of different doll's house moulding cutters  

There is a special range of doll's house moulding cutters that are able to produce 1:12 scale mouldings. As the name suggests, these are ideal for making a variety of items for doll's houses, including shelves, table tops, cabinets and furniture components. These can be purchased in sets or as individual cutters.

 
         
  Warning to avoid using doll's house moulding cutters with a hand-held router cutter  

Please note: however experienced you may be with a router, these cutters should not be used in a hand-held router due to the small size of timber required to produce the mouldings. They must be used with a router mounted in a table with the aid of push tools for manoeuvring the timber. 

 
         

What edge moulding router cutter sizes are available?

         
 

Edge moulding router cutters are most often sized according to the following dimensions:edge moulding cutters

 
 

Shank diameter of edge moulding cutters

 
  Diagram showing how to measure the diameter of the shank on an edge moulding router cutter  

The shank diameter is measured across the centre of the shank from any point on its circumference. 

 

Edge-moulding router cutters are available with ¼" (6.35mm), 8mm (5/16") and ½" (12.7mm) shank diameters. 

 
         
 

Diameter of edge moulding cutters

 
  Diagram showing how to measure the diameter of an edge moulding router cutter  

The diameter is the maximum width of the router cutter, and is measured from the outermost point of the cutting edges through the centre of the bit. 

 
         
  Diagram showing how to measure the diameter of an edge moulding router cutter without a guide  

For cutters without a guide beneath their cutting edges, the diameter also tells you the maximum width of the path made by the router cutter in one pass.

 

Edge moulding router cutters have diameters ranging from 24mm (15/16") to 45mm (1¾")

 
         
 

Cutting edges of edge moulding cutters

 
  Diagram showing how to measure the length of the cutting edges on an edge moulding router cutter  

Length

This is the maximum length of the full cutting edge of the router cutter, and is measured from the top of the cutting edge to the bottom.

 

Edge moulding cutting edge lengths range from 16mm (⅝") to 58mm (2½").

 
         
  Diagram showing how to measure the radius on an edge moulding router cutter  

Radius

This is the radius of the moulding cutter's edges. 

 

Almost all edge moulding router cutters have concave or convex cutting edges designed to rout curves in the edge of materials.  

 
         
  Diagram showing that an edge moulding router cutter can have multiple radii  

Some edge moulding cutters have two or more different radii ground into their cutting edges to produce convex and concave curves of different sizes.

 

Edge moulding cutter radii range from 2mm (5/64") to 38mm (1½"). 

 
         
 

Guide diameter of edge moulding cutters

 
  Diagram showing the location of the guide on an edge moulding router cutter  

Most edge moulding router cutters are supplied with a ball bearing guide located beneath their cutting edges.

 

The distance between the outside edge of the guide and tip of the cutting edge will determine the maximum cutting depth.

 
         
  Examples of bearing guides for edge moulding router cutters  

Bearings range from 16mm (⅝" approx.) to 12.7mm (½") in diameter. 

 

With most models of edge moulding cutter, the bearing can be removed and replaced with a larger or smaller one to alter the cutting depth of the cutter and the profile it produces.

 
         
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