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startingfromscratch

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08-25-2014 02:32 PM

I’m making a desk for my daughter. The legs are 1 1/2” squares. The drawers and side panels come down to within 5” of the ground. I want to round over the outside edge of the legs, but leave the last 5” square (think of a lot of balustrades I’ve seen that have rounded/fluted middles but square ends).

Any suggestion on how to do that (I don’t have a lathe). I thought I would just run the round over bit in my router down the edge to within 5” of the end…but that transition from round over middle to square end will be too abrupt.

Thoughts?


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#1 posted 08-25-2014 02:38 PM

“too abrupt” is the issue.
What router bit would you use? I wouldn’t think that a larger roundover would be inappropriate. Just my thoughts.
Why not run a quick sample and see for yourself.

Bill

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 02:52 PM

Use the router and stop a little short of where you want it to stop. Then use a rasp to flare it out and ease the transition.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#3 posted 08-25-2014 03:31 PM

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

I am going to run some tests, for sure. I probably should have done these cuts first before getting everything else cut up (i.e., if I screw up these legs I’m in a world of hurt).

On the rasp approach, I’ll have four around the bottom and four around the top, it is just going slow and making sure they match by hand?

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#4 posted 08-25-2014 03:36 PM

Yeah. You can also create a template like one would use with a lathe to check progress as you go as well.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#5 posted 08-25-2014 04:05 PM

A chamfer bit may look a little more deliberate than a roundover bit. Stopped chamfers look great, but stopped roundovers look weird. I’m not sure why that is, and a great deal of it is personal preference.

Best of luck with whatever you decide.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 08-25-2014 06:57 PM

Stopped chamfer. Interesting. The drawers and desk top will all have a rounded-type routed edge, so I think I might stick with a slight roundover stopped.

This is the look I’m going for (obviously dimensions are different): http://www.daizen.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ChamRoundSkiSm.png

I can get that by just stopping the router at a consistent point on each side?

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#7 posted 08-25-2014 07:14 PM

Yes, and then just use a rasp to change the end shape a bit to match. Shouldn’t take more than a minute or two on each corner.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#8 posted 08-25-2014 07:35 PM

I can get that by just stopping the router at a consistent point on each side?

- startingfromscratch

Correct!
That’s all you have to do.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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#9 posted 08-25-2014 08:28 PM

I wish I had posted the bed I made in the project section. I did a stopped roundover on each of the rails, and it looks exactly like you have in the picture you linked to. You could do this on the router table, or handheld. Since I was working with 6+ ft rails, I used a trim router with a roundover bit in it. I made a pencil park of where I wanted the transition to stop. Then I just routed up until my pencil line, and stopped. You could set up stop blocks, but it’s fairly easy to stop at your mark.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 01:02 PM

Awesome, thanks a ton for all the help! I’ll post the desk when its done (at this rate, she’ll probably be using it for college though…).

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