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Dan Hux

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1792 days ago

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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.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Build/GardenBench.html

thanks,
dan

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com


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Dan Hux

576 posts in 1960 days


#1 posted 1792 days ago

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1785 days ago

A vote for a very minor round over

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patron

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#3 posted 1785 days ago

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

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Bill White

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#4 posted 1784 days ago

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.
Bill

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handi

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#5 posted 1784 days ago

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,

Ralph

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Ben Kahmann

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#6 posted 1784 days ago

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….

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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cabinetmaster

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#7 posted 1784 days ago

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

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