|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 08-20-2012 04:40 PM||2651 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-20-2012 04:40 PM
Most woodworkers will use a router to smooth the edge off of a board. That’s fine if you have the router conveniently placed and ready to go in the shop and you like extra work. But something just as good is to sand the edges with a vibrating sander with some 60 grit. It’ll take the edge off most woods, soft wood is better of course, but it rounds the edges off nicely and is pretty easy to control. I figure if I’m there sanding the board, I may as well round off the edges while I’m there. I wouldn’t try it with a ROS unless you’re practiced with it.
Sanding won’t take off as much material nor round-over as uniformly as a router will, however when using soft woods like pine or cedar, the router can easily mar a board especially if there is a knot on the edge. Sanding will take the risk out of this.
I use the Black & Decker Mouse to do this. Just make sure to go over the straight surfaces with the ROS when you are finished because the Mouse will leave scratches on the face of the board and you may not see them till you finish the piece.
Give this a try next time and see if it saves you some time.
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