This is a how-to about shaping your own countertop edges. It explains the tools needed, and it notes some special considerations to keep in mind.
Beveling wooden countertops takes special considerations, particularly concerning the use of a router in order to shape the material in the correct form. Wood as a countertop material is an alternative to laminate, Formica, or granite; its advantage is that it allows for more customization such as painting, staining, designs, and specialty edges. When using a router to bevel edges, it is necessary to keep in mind that wood can split or crack more easily than some of these other countertop materials. Beveling and finishing the edges should be done within short amount of time after the countertop wood has been cut and installed. When done correctly, not only does a beveled edge give a wooden countertop a more finished look, but it also increases its overall durability over time.
What You Will Need:
• Router built in to a routing table
• Correctly sized routing bit
• Medium grit sandpaper
• Countertop edge
• Work gloves
• Protective eye goggles
Step 1 – Size the Routing Bit
Bits for tabletop routers are sized by degree number, and the size of the bit will determine how much would is subtracted when actually beveling the wooden. Using a router take some care and attention to detail; it is helpful to have some basic prior experience with this power tool before attempting this countertop project. Most edge beveling projects require a router bit between 20 and 24 degrees, though these can be somewhat larger or smaller depending on the shape of the finished countertop edge you want.
Step 2 — Set up Router
Using a routing table generally works better than a hand-held router, since the wood for the countertop edge can be locked in place without any chances of it slipping around as can sometimes happen with a hand-held router. Your table top router has a guide (also known as a fence) that should be set to a certain angle measured in degrees, based on the degrees of your routing bit. This may be slightly different for different brands of routers, so it is a good idea to double check the manufacturer´s documentation.