There was a question asked on reddit recently from someone that was trying to create a bevel on a door for as little money as possible which was accompanied by a lot of hate/negative feedback.

After watching this carpenter use a 3 Deg. router bit to make a bevel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUNRI-UpSvw

It seems this could be a perfectly acceptable way to make a quick bevel in a tight spot. After I did a bit more digging around I found a bit that looks exactly like the one the content creator used in the video above.

Carbide Tipped Patternmakers 3 Deg x 3/4 Dia x 2-1/8 x 1/2" Shank.

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Essentially this bit can handle any door up to 2 and 1/8 inches. I decided to do a bit more digging around and actually called the company that designed this router bit to ask what they thought about using this to create the 3 deg bevel for a door. They told me the only thing that would really be required would to place a piece of wood under the door. So that the wheel can spin on that instead of spinning on the actual side of the door to get the full 3 degrees required.

Can anyone think of a reason why this is not an acceptable method to create a 3 degree bevel for a door allowing it to swing freely into its frame?

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    Also, if I may offer some unasked-for advice, it would be stop using Reddit for anything. It is literally the worst of the web on any subject. If the internet is the tragedy of the commons, then Reddit is the prime example of how to boost noise well over the signal. Only the dumbest things, by and large, get amplified on Reddit.
    – user5572
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 13:34
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    I don't see what the problem is. This kind of thing is what router bits do.
    – gnicko
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 14:45
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    Wow! This question made it to the HNQ list! ---> I wonder what the last Woodworking question on the HNQ was?
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 17:38
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    heh... maybe I should pay more attention to the HNQ listing... :)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 19:10
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    And, present company excluded, seeing how awful the internet turned out from when I was a young politicized whippersnapper who was sure the internet (this was after ARCHIE and MUDs and before WWW) was going to free us all from corporate interests and save us from our own backwards tendencies... well, let's just say I have a rather dim view of most of what we call the internet these days. Now I will go outside and yell at the clouds.
    – user5572
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 19:44

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Can anyone think of a reason why this is not an acceptable method to create a 3 degree bevel for a door allowing it to swing freely into its frame?

I don't understand Reddit reaction. Cutting bevel on edge of board or panel is what such bits are for!

Maybe some objections are based on specific design of door where nails are known to be used, but for traditional door construction only one "gotcha" I can think is breakout at end of cut. This is easy to avoid by using climb cut for last 2" (5cm) or clamping on sacrificial piece to support edge of board.

  • This is the huge difference between stack exchange and reddit. Here, you actually get your questions answered, over there..... Not so much. Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 19:25
  • My biggest concern was the fact that this was maybe the only easy-to-buy bit I found, and it was extremely expensive. On top of that, this bit was not designed for beveling doors, and the tech on the phone was kinda shocked I would even suggest using it for such a purpose, but agreed it should work. Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 19:26
  • I've never used a router to put a bevel on a door...and don't own such a specialized bit, but it seems pretty natural to me...if I already owned one. The guy on youtube makes it look easy.
    – gnicko
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 21:30
  • @OutdatedComputerTech but doors are just special kind of panel.... :)
    – Volfram K
    Commented Feb 24, 2022 at 6:41
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    Anyway, did the guy on the phone give you an indication of what the bit was made for? I was not previously aware of these prior to the Q but FWIW I can only think of two applications myself, and one of them would be to put a bevel on a door ^_^ (The other relates to moulding/casting, but I can't imagine that's it because the cutting length seems much longer than would be commonly required.)
    – Graphus
    Commented Feb 24, 2022 at 13:33

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