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12-14-2018 08:54 PM

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Hello All,

I am gearing up to build a set of mid-century modern style furniture for the whole house. Everything will be very clean, simple and square and made from 3/4” walnut veneer plywood with 1/4” solid walnut faces. Any doors or drawers will be flush with the face. I finish most pieces with at least a very small round-over on any exposed edges. Is this still a good idea for this style? Or should I just knock down the corners with a sanding block or burnish with the shaft of a screwdriver? Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 12-15-2018 01:11 PM

The 2 most utilitarian looks that come to mind are A&C, and Shaker. Both of these are pretty much sans unnecessary adornment. It’s more common to see a straight looking edge on them, but makers still break that edge, and keep it square to look at, but lightly smooth on it’s edge so they aren’t sharp to the touch. A practiced hand can do this with a block plane, but many use a very quick pass of a folder over piece of sandpaper. Using a round over can get out of hand pretty quick. Not that a nice 1/8” roundover is a bad thing, and once set up on a router table you can quickly do all of the parts uniformly before assembly. For my $$$$$$ being uniform is better than any one exact look. Same can also be done with a very slight chamfer bit.

Whatever you do decide, practice first with some scrap that you have jointed square. Anything you use can make it a 1/8” round over pretty fast.

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