rounding over edges and corners

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Forum topic by Dan Hux posted 08-16-2009 06:06 PM 1260 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Hux

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08-16-2009 06:06 PM

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I’m making a semi formal bench from walnut and maple..I’ve planed the rough cut lumber down to a nice finish size of 3/4” thick. For a bench that belongs in doors (semi-formal) would you round over all the edges or leave them square. Here is a link for the actual bench. I’m making the legs and seat supports from walnut and the seat slats and back rest and slats and arms from maple (I think the two contrasting woods will look great together) i’m just not sure of rounding over all the edges. I’m sure it a matter of preference any insight will be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-16-2009 06:07 PM

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 10:45 PM

A vote for a very minor round over

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 10:53 PM

some kind of edging ,
outside exposure can lift the edge’s over time

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 10:30 PM

I am using a 45* champher more and more. Looks a little more “custom” than the standard roundover. The answer to your question is yes. Whatever style you choose will be better than a square edge that will rough out over time.


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#5 posted 08-23-2009 10:41 PM

For my money, you need to break the edges as little as possible. When I look at a piece, sharp details are a sign of skill. When I see things all rounded over, it tends to look amature in my eyes, like it was sanded too much.

You need to break a little, finish sticks poorly to sharp corners, but go very easy.

My two cents,



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#6 posted 08-24-2009 01:05 AM

My two cents, and it is about what it’s worth, is do what you think looks best. Everyone can’t and won’t like everything you build so don’t worry about it. If you love it then nothing else matters. What’s important is that the project has clean joints and a great finish. That;s my two cents anyhow….

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 01:10 AM

I’m like Jim. Just a small amount of breaking the edges.

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