Woodworking Tips Index
Sanding a Chamfer
Routing a clean chamfer on end grain can be difficult. If you feed the workpiece too fast at the end of the cut, you're likely to get tearout. But if you slow down to avoid tearout, you can get "burning." To avoid these problems, I came up with a way to sand a chamfer on my table saw.
To do this, I first mount a sanding disk on the saw arbor and tilt it to 45°. Next, I clamp a scrap of plywood onto the table saw rip fence to provide a bearing surface for the workpiece and clearance for the sanding disk (see drawing).
When I sand a chamfer, I use the miter gauge to steady the workpiece. Then I simply slide the piece into the sanding disk and move it forward. You can easily vary the size of the chamfer by adjusting the rip fence. And your chamfered edge will be clean and chip-free.
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