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This is an example of a brain-dead simple jig that does one job and does it well.

As a part-time cabinet maker I make dozens of doors and drawer fronts a year. One of the tiresome jobs that entails is easing the edges of all those parts. This jig minimizes the drudgery of that task slightly.

The jig consists of a fenced platform that pivots on a fixed base. The pivot is simply a 5mm metal shelf pin. To operate, I simply place a corner of the door against the fences and swivel the platform back and forth as the belt sander provides a consistent roundover.

I say consistent, but it's not a perfect arc because, by necessity, the pivot point must be a bit back from the business end. However, a roundover doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to fool the eye. A couple touch-up swipes with sandpaper or a sanding sponge seals the deal.

BTW, the runner is made to friction fit into the miter slot to avoid any unwanted movement.

Sorry for the overexposure of the photos. They didn't look that washed out on my phone. If you're having trouble seeing what's going on, I can post some images in the comments.

As always, comments, questions, and constructive criticism welcome.

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That is brilliant. I'm just a hobbyist, but I'll be making this jig. Even for my smaller volumes of roundovers, this will be so helpful.
 

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yea, washed out, but I get the idea. Not a new idea, I have seen this before, but a good post just the same.
 

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Pretty clever solution.
 

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yea, washed out, but I get the idea. Not a new idea, I have seen this before, but a good post just the same.

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Haha, I don't remember claiming a patent on it. Woodworkers are a creative bunch so it would surprise more me if someone hadn't come up with something similar before.
 

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Great jig, easing the corners is very tedious work. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks for the positive feedback.
 
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