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Forum topic by Rob posted 06-17-2008 12:01 AM 1014 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2008 12:01 AM

To anyone who has experience building this style furniture… I’m just wondering what is typically done with the edges? They always looks very square but are they really chamfered? rounded over? just sanded a bit? any of the above? Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-17-2008 01:08 AM

my stickley books all say 1/4 in chamfer.

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 04:44 AM

Thanks guys, I ran the block plane over all my edges a couple of times. Worked quite well.

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 05:09 AM

A lot of the old A&C furniture just had the edge knocked down with sandpaper. 1/16” round over bit maybe?
I use a 1/8” – 3/8” round over on most of my furniture, depending on the size of the piece.

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 07:59 AM

Often nicer mission furniture (or Stickley) has 1/4 sawn
oak veneer on all four sides of chair legs, etc… to get that
“tiger oak” look all ‘round you have to give up the
workability of the corners.

My parents have a house built in 1917 with all quartersawn
oak veneer. The veneers are about 1/10” thick. Edges
are rounded a little, but not much.

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#5 posted 06-17-2008 02:00 PM

I’ll just knock them off with a detail sander and 220 paper. Softened edges actually hold up better to denting than hard edges. Those edges, especially in hard oak, can actually cut, or give a heck of a splinter.

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