After building furniture for 20-something years, you begin to notice patterns in your work. One pattern for me is using a router bit over and over on most projects in which I’m not working to create an accurate reproduction.
I walked around my house yesterday and began to notice just how prevalent my use of a cove-and-bead router bit has been throughout the time I’ve been working.
Furniture I have at home comes from different stages in my career. I have a Chester County tall chest of drawers that was built in my first year of work, as well as a Slant-lid desk-on-frame built as we hit the start-up button on 360 Woodworking. (You can see it in our Free premier issue.)
This is why when I build a project for a book or article I seldom specify the exact router profile I use – I think you should use the bit that you like best. Plus, why go out and purchase a router bit that you may not like, or ever plan to use a second time. Save the money for better quality wood.