Lambs Tongue Chamfer Detail

 

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I want to write a little about a detail I added to the corner posts on the front corners.

It mimics a detail I saw on a piece of seventeenth century furniture. I know it as a Lambs Tongue Chamfer.

I made these with nothing more than a handheld router fitted with a 45 degree chamfer bit.

I picked a place and marked the top line,  an inch below that line I placed another mark, and another mark 1/2 ” below that one.

 

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The router and bit i used. a close look will reveal the shape of the chamfer bit.

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The first cut leaves a half circle cove.

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The lower cove cut stops at the bottom layout line.

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Then the edges were just softened with a piece of 120 grit sanding belt folded for strength.

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It gives these posts a more decorative look that will distinguish it from the surrounding surfaces,and only takes a few minutes to accomplish.

 

     -Dave

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