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Forum topic by Richard Alexander posted 08-25-2014 09:55 PM 731 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Richard Alexander

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08-25-2014 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: curve shaping question router

I’ve used my Ryobi bench sander to round off the corners of a box I’m working on. I used a roundover router bit first, but I would like more of curve. My problem is keeping the box edges, so to speak, square when sanding. It tends to get uneven one way, so I switch it and focus on getting the other side even with it. Then repeat… I end up taking off more than I’d like. Are there any jigs or better methods to doing this?

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 01:30 AM

Use a larger roundover bit?

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 02:23 AM

I was trying for a gentler curve than the round-over bit would allow. It’s probably a matter of taking more care when shaping, or just being satisfied with the round-over bit.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 02:47 AM

I make small boxes, LOTS of small boxes and I round over the corners using a stationary belt sander. I then go over this curved edge with a hand held random orbital sander to smooth out the curve. On a box with curved edges is hard to notice if they are not perfectly square.

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 03:11 AM

What sized radius are you looking to create? There’s likely a bit close to the size you’re looking for.

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 05:17 PM

It’s close to a 1/2 inch radius. I’ll keep playing with the router size, and following Jim’s technique to get the look I’m going for. Thanks for the suggestions.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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