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Furniture Forms => Seating Furniture & Beds => Topic started by: HSteier on December 24, 2012, 04:25:36 PM

Title: Knee Blocks
Post by: HSteier on December 24, 2012, 04:25:36 PM
As I was sawing out eight knee blocks for an oval stool I began to wonder what would be the best way to smooth the sawn surfaces? I ended up using a file and sandpaper-very tedious. I know the sawn surfaces are not in plain sight, but nevertheless they are pretty rough when they come off the bandsaw. Any suggestions? Should I even bother trying to smooth them? Whar about antiques pieces? Were they left rough?

Howard Steier
Title: Re: Knee Blocks
Post by: jim vojcek on December 24, 2012, 06:24:22 PM
I use a fine rasp, then sandpaper.   

Jim Vojcek
Title: Re: Knee Blocks
Post by: Jack Plane on December 25, 2012, 01:24:48 AM
If the marks have been left by a bandsaw, they I use a rasp to disguise the majority of the parallel tracks. If the marks are the result of hand-sawing, then I only use a rasp to fair the bare necessities.
Title: Re: Knee Blocks
Post by: Antiquity Period Designs, Ltd. on December 25, 2012, 08:47:51 AM
I will use a chisel and gouge to remove the band saw marks. Some knee blocks were also held on with a cut nail.

Dennis Bork