Best to tool to smooth out glued edges

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Forum topic by jinjin posted 07-28-2017 11:31 PM 741 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2017 11:31 PM


I am working on new stair treads using store bought treads like this. But I like the blocky look like this. Folks on LJ recommended that I just rip Lowes treads and glue them to the treads to make them look thick and blocky. I like that idea.

So what’s the best tool to smooth out the edge after two pieces has been glued together? I have a chop saw, so I can easily have nice cuts at each end. But I don’t have access to good table saw. I have a belt sander. I don’t have a power hand planer, but it seems like I can get one at HD for less than $50. I also have mini circular saw that I use for ripping to up to 1” thick boards. I will use that to remove the bullnose.

I have about 20+ treads to do. What is the best, economical and least time consuming way to do this?

Thank you for your help.

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 11:37 PM

In that sort of situation I take care with the
gluing to get the parts as close to flush
as possible and take off the excess using
a flush trim router bit in a router. If you
flush trim carefully all that’s needed after
is a little sanding after. 1” thick is a fair
bite to take out in one pass with a router,
so that’s why I recommend careful gluing
so there’s only between 1/32” and 1/16”
of material proud at the joint.

I would be concerned about the circular
saw not making a clean enough cut for
a glue joint.

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#2 posted 07-28-2017 11:38 PM

Do you have a vice?

A handplane is among the cheapest and easiest ways to do it.

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#3 posted 07-29-2017 12:57 AM

I don’t have a vice or a router… :( I also don’t have a stable work table. My “work table” is a plywood on top of a folding stand due to limited space.

My husband just got a Drummel tool, which supposedly can do routing. But can router be used to smooth out 2” side? I didn’t know that was possible…


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#4 posted 07-29-2017 01:04 AM


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#5 posted 07-29-2017 01:11 AM

Why not turn them around so the square side is facing forward.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 07-29-2017 01:12 AM

Do you have a vice?

- gargey

We all have vices.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 07-29-2017 01:25 AM

Good ol #5 jack plane

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