I have never worked with woodwork and I am very interested in starting to create my first pieces. Anyway, there is one piece that I have no idea how to do this circular groove. What are the tools for doing this type of circular groove?

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Some more context would be helpful. How large is the piece for example? What is it for? How accurate does it need to be? What tools do you have?

I would cut the main curve with a coping saw or bandsaw depending on the size of the piece and then finish it with a spokeshave, spindle sander, or router depending on how accurate it needed to be.

I would then re-saw it into two thin pieces on the bandsaw (or tablesaw) and carve half of the groove in each piece with a router with a ball nose bit. Then I would glue the two pieces back together (after smoothing the mating surfaces).

EDIT: I had a quick look and you can get a 'radius groover' router bit that would allow you to skip the re-saw and re-glue operations. Either way you would need to find a router bit the correct size. What will the radius of the groove be?

EDIT: adding a picture of the radius groover bit.

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  • I added the dimensions
    – LCarvalho
    Mar 11, 2017 at 0:18
  • I do not have any tools. I'm looking for information to buy.
    – LCarvalho
    Mar 11, 2017 at 0:23
  • The radius I need is only 9mm.
    – LCarvalho
    Mar 11, 2017 at 0:28
  • You should be able to find a 'radius groover' bit about that size but you might not be able to find one that's exactly 9mm. The name of the bit might also be different depending on where you are.
    – Jambo
    Mar 11, 2017 at 0:34
  • Helped me a lot. I am Brazilian and add the mentioned tags I can get better information with suppliers of the region.
    – LCarvalho
    Mar 11, 2017 at 5:44

I'd suspect you can cut the circular profile with whatever you like: hole saw if you're lucky, band saw, jig saw, etc. With that done, look for a router bit in a half or full circular shape. You can either edge-route the groove or try to gouge it out with a hand tool. (Plenty of lathe gouges have a round profile.)

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