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#1 posted 11-21-2018 09:20 PM

Since nobody’s mentioned this, there is another way. There are several brands of rotary planes, Wagner and Stew Mac being a couple of them. These happen to look exactly the same. They are called a “safety” plane because only a tiny amount of edge is exposed, which prevents kickback. Some older designs were pretty dangerous because they lacked this feature.

I used one on a radial drill press to make coved cuts for a raised panel roll top desk. It required tilting the horizontal arm to get the profile I wanted. It worked easily, but needed a lot of sanding to eliminate the swirl marks. Lacking a radial drill press, you could probably achieve the desired effect by tilting the drill press table.

These are (were?) also available for the radial arm saw. Google Stew Mack or Wagner Safety Plane to see one in action.

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