I've got a radius plane on order, this one:
It's supposed to round over corners with a 1/16" radius. This brings
up another probably silly question. Do I sand the flat sides of the
(oak 1x2) wood first, then apply the radius plane? Will I then need to
sand (gently, I suppose) the radius edge? Or do apply the plane to the
unsanded wood, then sand the whole thing? Or do the coarse sanding
first, or... what?
I wasn't going to rain on the parade, but since it's already started
I have the same radius plane and I never use it. I find the can opener
style corner edging tools much easier and faster to use. Since the
tool can cut on the push or pull, you don't have to reverse the tool if
the grain changes.
Another benefit is that it cuts much closer into corners. The small
distance from the corner is uniform, of course, and it makes a fast way
to cut a lambs tongue.
I'm not sure which is worse, but I wouldn't go for those either.
I break arrises with 40 grit sandpaper, I round most stuff with a low
angle block plane, and for posh work with a definite radius I use an old
woodie rounder. This has a real iron and a real mouth, so it cuts
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