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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 02-23-2010 06:10 PM 6609 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2010 06:10 PM

Newbie Question:

I have started really getting into working with hand tools – especially the part of working in silence without a dust mask. I am looking for ways to relieve/break sharp wooden corners by hand. (Not sandpaper!) One method I know if is to run a block plane down the corner at a 45 degree angle, but personally I do not like the look or feel all that much.

What tools/methods are avialable to put a nice 1/16” or 1/8” radius on a corner by hand?
Are there specialty handplanes/scrapers available?
Do I need to do something different for with the grain as apposed to across the grain?
I have been thinking about making my own radius plane. Does anyone have a good website that details making your own specialty planes including working the cutter to the correct profile?

Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can load on me.

-- James -

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 06:18 PM

Well this is the oddest thing…I was just thinking about this the other day. I have been racking my brain trying to remember where I saw a tool just for this. I recall it was similar to a small plane with a blade inside at a 45 deg. angle, run it down the edge and your done. I do not know if it was hand made or available somewhere to purchase.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 06:23 PM

You can buy molding planes with curves blades for this.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 06:43 PM

I use all of the following, plus some Japanese edge-rounding planes:

Slick Plane

Lee Valley Cornering Tool Set

Lee Valley Mini Edge-Rounding Plane

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 07:27 PM

I use one like the Slick Plane that Randy showed. It works great—I use it all the time.

The other 2 should work as well.


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#5 posted 02-23-2010 08:16 PM

Wow thanks for the quick responses!

The slick plane sure does look slick…too bad they do not offer more radius options. But the price is right! I may have to pick one up.

The Lee Valley cornering tool looks cool but after checking some reviews it appears that it may not be as good as I thought.

Also while reading reviews on these tools I came across scratch stocks. I will have to keep that in mind because the table I just started will need some beading on it to dress it up!

-- James -

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 02:14 AM

I have a set of antique hollow planes that I use. There are people out there making new sets for big $$ or you can check ebay and or most antique stores have at least one or 2 of these kicking around.

-- Mark,

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 03:08 AM

Check out this cornering tool from Rockler. I have one, not sure where I go it now, but it looks a little different.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 03:17 AM

I like this one.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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