How to Get Perfect Routed Edges

Tips and techniques for pro-quality profiles

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Clamps
  • Dust mask
  • Hearing protection
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Orbital sander
  • Router
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block

Edge-forming router bits range from simple round-overs or bevel bits to intricate cove, ogee and classical bits. Common profiles are sold at home centers and hardware stores; for a wider selection, check online.

You can rout almost all woods and many composite materials.