How to Chamfer the Plinth

In this video, I show you how to chamfer the plinth after gluing it to the box. This is a step you can skip if you chose to create the chamfer before gluing it to the box, a method I detailed in the previous video. By the end of the lesson, you will have completed all the major constructional work on the box and you will be ready to sand and finish it!

This lessons objectives:

  • Different method of chamfering
  • How to clamp your work
  • How to avoid breakout
  • How to refine edges without rounding

The main things to watch out for in this step is breakout on the mitres that run perpendicaular to the component you are planing. For this reason, you will need to work in from both sides of the plinth and take care not to plane unsupported grain. More importantly, make sure your plane is sharp and well set up! The supporting resources below will help with that.

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

How To Sharpen a Plane Blade

You really do not want to be getting tearout at this stage of the project, so using a sharp blade at this stage is incredibly important! If you need a reminder on how to sharpen a plane blade, including producing a cambered edge, this lesson will help!

How To Setup a Plane

There's no point in having a sharp blade when your plane is setup to produce thick veneers! It's important to take off small amounts at this stage to both prevent tearout and be precise with our material removal. This lesson shows you how to do that.

How To Use a Plane

This is another one of those topics that people feel there isn't much to learn. However once you break down the process of chiselling into subjects such as viewing angles, power transfer and chisel geometry, you open up a whole new can of worms. This is well worth viewing.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

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