Carb-i-tool Rosette Cutter

Rosettes are not a feature found on most items, or in most rooms these days, but sometimes they are the ideal feature to set a piece apart. In more elaborate pieces, rosettes are hand-carved, but simpler ones can be machined with a rotary cutter.

Carb-i-tool Rosette Cutter

Carb-i-tool Rosette Cutter

This bit is dual fluted, tungsten carbide tipped, but it is not a router bit, despite looking like one. Mount this in a high speed router is asking for serious problems, and likely injury.  Like the wheel cutting bits, these need to be mounted in a drill press.  They operate at a much lower RPM, and have an easily controlled plunge.

Setting up for the milling operation

Setting up for the milling operation

Here you can see the bit mounted, with the table up close and a piece of KD hardwood solidly held down on the table.

Performing the Cut

Performing the Cut

I still operate these bits at a pretty high speed (for a drill press), and control the load on the drill and bit with the rate of the plunge. You are able to easily watch the rosette forming and stop once you see it fully formed.

Continuing the Machining

Continuing the Machining

Drilling the next rosette

Carb-i-tool Rosette Cutter

Carb-i-tool Rosette Cutter

The final product.  This is just one of a number of different profiles available.  You can buy ready-made rosettes, but you are then restricted to only work with the material that they have been made from, and having to incorporate that part into your design, rather than cutting the rosette where you want it, and into the component itself.

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