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Forum topic by Billinmich posted 04-19-2010 07:11 PM 3046 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Billinmich

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04-19-2010 07:11 PM

I’m building a couple of end tables and would like to add lamb tongue to the legs.What is the best way to cut them,Router ,table saw or by hand .

-- Bill in Mich


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rwyoung

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 09:20 PM

Hand. You can rough them with power tools but the reverse curve on a true lamb’s tongue can’t be done with a router.

Make a template such that the inside curve matches the curve of a round (or half-round) rasp and fine mill file. This makes it very easy to smooth out the curve. Or sandpaper on a dowel will work.

Trace the template on the two sides at the corner that will get the detail. Use a sharp chisel, bevel down to carve the detail. On a small (lets say less than 2” long) detail this takes about 5 minutes. Then rasp and file (or sand) to the line. Whole operation should take 10 to 20 minutes tops not including making the template.

http://www.woodsmith.com/issues/153/videos/a-lambs-tongue-chamfer/

This video is pretty good, they use chisel, carving knife and sandpaper. An option if you don’t have the small rasps and files.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 10:27 PM

Thanks rw I’ll have to give that a try and see how it comes out

-- Bill in Mich

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