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Forum topic by Thomas Keefe posted 12-24-2010 09:33 AM 1402 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thomas Keefe

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12-24-2010 09:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut beading plane shaping

I got a Stanley 45 hand plane and wanted to use it on the sofa table I am working on. I put a single bead about 1/4” above the bottom of the stretchers. Generally, I like the way it looks. However, the bottom edge of the bead is a bit ragged in places. You can see it in the picture below.

I am not sure if it is some kind of tear out or I didn’t hold the plane steady enough. However, I would like to clean this up somehow. I tried sanding it out, but that doesn’t seem to help as it is pretty rough.

One idea I had was to chamfer the ragged edge using a shoulder plane. I am not sure how deep I can make the chamfer, but 1/8” should probably be enough to get past most of the raggedness.

I would appreciate any ideas as I am really not sure how to fix this. Thanks.


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#1 posted 12-24-2010 12:16 PM

I wuold say it looks like some tearout on this one
from what I can from the next bead were there is nothing wrong
don´t you have enoff wood to make another ?
or can´t you turn the peace and make a new beading on the other side
and cut those tenons , make new holes to glue loose tenons in

just a thought from a newbie
good luck with it
Merry Chrismas

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 01:10 PM

It looks like tearout. Sometimes the problem is from cutting the wrong direction or trying to take too much at one time. Your idea of a chamfer is what I would do if it were mine. No one will even know it was not planned when you are finifhed.

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 06:23 PM

Hi Tom,

If I had to salvage that, instead of making a new one, I would slice the damaged area off along the entire length and glue a replacement piece back on.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do and be sure to keep us posted.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 08:47 PM

I would put a 45 degree chamfer on it to make it a decorative bevel evening out that edge.

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 08:58 PM

Hi Dennis. This piece is about 6ft long. I am just showing a small portion. So in some sense, it is a minor problem. Also, it is difficult to find a piece of walnut that long with really straight grain. It has also taken a lot of work to get it to this point. So I don’t really want to abandon it. If I cannot fix it right, I may have to.


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#6 posted 12-24-2010 09:03 PM

Hi Jerry. I think slicing off the bottom might interfere with the tenon. (I don’t have the piece handy.) If I could miss the tenon that would work pretty well. The joint would be well hidden in that well at bottom.


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