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09-15-2009 04:44 PM

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I have one more question before I glue-up the apron on my first M&T project; NYW’s Planter’s Desk. The legs I’ve milled (2 1/4” square blanks) have very sharp edges and I don’t think they should stay that way. What are your favorite ways of smoothing them over? Or should they stay that way as per convention? Should I use a round-over bit before gluing?

Thanks a ton for the help!

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 05:11 PM

I either use a round over bit in my router if I want to put a radius on the edge or, if I just want to ease the edge, I take care of it in the sanding step. But you should remove the sharp edge, not only for safety purposes, but sharp edges like this are more prone to chipping.

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 05:16 PM

I’ll use a small round-over as well but sometimes I’ll use either a small block plane, spokeshave and/or scraper.

-- Sam

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 05:35 PM


-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 07:01 PM

Unless I really want a rounded edge, I find one pass down each corner with the ROS or 1/4 sheet sander takes the sharpness off nicely.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 07:42 PM

All of the above. It depends on how much I need to do and what kind of mood I’m in.


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