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I make parrel beads by drilling halfway through a suitable piece of wood with a holesaw. I then drill through from the other side to finish the cut. This gives me something to hold on to to remove the piece from the holesaw. Then I use my router table and stationary beltsander to finish the shaping. If a large radius is desired, I use a smaller router bit first and then go to the bit for the radius. Taking too much at one time from the edge can lead to the bead splitting. A pencil inserted in the 1/4" hole made by the holesaw's pilot bit makes a good handle to save fingers from injury while routing.
 
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