A corner rounding planes — also known as a radi planes — knock the sharp edges off wood to create a nice, rounded finish. But while they’re simple to use, that’re hard to find — which makes them even cooler to own.
They’re pretty easy to use, too: just align the edge of your workpiece into the channel at the bottom of the plane and set the depth of the cutting blade with the set screw on top. Then drag the plane down the edge in long stokes. They’re actually easier to use than normal planes because the channel on the plane won’t let you mess up the depth of the cut. So, multiple stokes from different starting locations will match in depth and won’t leave unsightly marks. Even a novice can walk away with nicely rounded edges in a few minutes with little effort.
But on to the hard part: scoring one (or more) of your own. We went looking for them this weekend and came up short locally. However, a search on the web turned up some $95 options. That’s probably fair, but it’s just not in our poor-blogger budgets right now. If any of you know a of good source for quality corner planes let us know in comments. (And if you’ve got $95 burning a hole in your wallet — this is an excellent way to spend it.)
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