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Forum topic by Billinmich posted 04-19-2010 07:11 PM 3373 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#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.

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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