In the world of carpentry, details make all the difference . Whether for aesthetic, functional or assembly reasons , the bevel or chamfer technique is a valuable tool for wood craftsmen. A simple tilted corner can transform an ordinary room into a work of art , add strength to a joint, or bring a touch of sophistication to a project. This article is your complete guide to understanding and mastering the art of the bevel.
In this article, we'll dive into the depths of beveling or chamfering , exploring the different techniques , tools needed, and practical applications of this carpentry method. You will discover how to skillfully use the bevel to add a touch of elegance to your wooden creations , whether for aesthetic, structural or functional reasons.
At Quark we work on the art of wood and we create Pegboards. In all sizes and in all colors. We suggest you add bevels to your wooden Pegboards . But what is this operation? What is the difference between a Pegboard with bevels and a Pegboard without bevels ?
What is a bevel or chamfer in carpentry?
Before diving into the details of the bevel technique, also called chamfer, it is essential to understand these terms and their meaning.
A bevel is an angled cut made across the grain of a piece of wood. In carpentry, a bevel is often used to create a joint between two pieces of wood or to shape the edge of a piece of wood . Bevel generally refers to the tilt of an angle or edge on a flat surface. This can be achieved by removing some of the material along this specific angle, which creates a surface that is inclined relative to the original surface. The bevel can be single, double or compound, depending on the number of inclined faces.
Bevels can be created using a variety of tools , including planes, chisels, and power saws. They are an important aspect of many woodworking projects and are used to create a variety of different shapes and profiles. The bevel is made by removing a portion of the material along a specific angle , creating a surface that is inclined relative to the original surface.
The different types of bevels
There are different types of bevels commonly used in carpentry. Here are some of the most common:
- Single Bevel : In a single bevel, a single face of the material is tilted to a specific angle. This can be done using a handsaw or circular saw with an angle guide.
- Double Bevel : In a double bevel, two adjacent faces of the material are tilted, creating a point in the center. This type of bevel is often used for corner joints in frame or molding construction.
- Compound Bevel : The compound bevel is a combination of a single bevel and a double bevel . This type of bevel is generally used when it is necessary to create complex angles , such as in the manufacture of door or window frames.
- Miter bevel : The miter bevel is used to create precise corner joints when assembling pieces of wood. It commonly finds its use in furniture construction or other projects requiring precise angles.
It is important to note that making a bevel requires a certain amount of carpentry expertise and the use of the right tools to obtain precise and secure results. Using a miter saw, circular saw with an angle guide, or planer can make it easier to create quality bevels.
Why use the bevel technique?
Making a bevel in wood has several advantages and applications in the field of carpentry. Here are some common reasons why one might choose to make a bevel:
An aesthetic role : Bevels can add an interesting visual dimension to a wooden project. They can create clean lines, elegant angles and aesthetic details that enhance the overall appearance of the finished object. This is the main reason why Quark chose to make bevels.
Assembly : Bevels are often used to facilitate joints and assemblies. When you want to join two pieces of wood at an angle, you can use a precise bevel to obtain a tight and solid fit between the two pieces. This technique is commonly used in the construction of frames, moldings and furniture.
Splint protection : When cutting wood, especially with circular saws or hand saws, splinters can form at the edges. By making a bevel, these unwanted chips can be eliminated or reduced , improving the finish and reducing the risk of injury when handling the material.
Repair : Sometimes when an edge of a piece of wood is damaged or chipped, a bevel can be used to remove the damaged portion and create a clean, strong edge . This allows the room to be repaired, making it functional and aesthetically pleasing again.
Functionality : In some cases, the use of a bevel allows you to create inclined surfaces to meet specific needs. For example, in angled shelves or tool racks, a bevel can provide better visibility and easier access to exhibits.
It is important to note that the decision to make a bevel will depend on the specific project and the needs of the carpenter. In some cases, a bevel may be purely aesthetic, while in others it may be essential to the assembly or functionality of the wood piece.
Why do we offer a bevel?
At Quark, we firmly believe that the bevel brings a unique touch of style to your Pegboards. Depending on the use and the position envisaged for your future Pegboard, we have found that the bevel gives a feeling of lightness to your installation . It is precisely for this reason that we have chosen to integrate this option on our standard Pegboards. From now on, you have the freedom to make this choice for your tailor-made Pegboards, according to your preferences.
At Quark, we make bevels on Pegboards. This operation consists of using a router to cut and chamfer the edges of the Pegboard. The result reinforces the aesthetic appearance by giving the impression that the Pegboard is slightly detached and floating on the wall. This finish adds a captivating visual dimension to your space.
Adding this subtle weightless touch allows for a more elegant look. It also brings a perfect finishing touch to the Pegboard . And gives a less raw appearance once hung on the wall.
Creating a chamfer at Quark
Making the bevel at Quark is the last step in finishing the Pegboard. Once the panel is machined. That is to say cut to the right size and pierced with all its holes. So this is where we will proceed to make the chamfer.
At Quark we used an under-table router to carry out this step. An under-table router is a stationary woodworking tool. It allows users to perform precise and controlled milling work on pieces of wood. It consists of a solid base attached to a work table, as well as an upper part which is adjustable in height. The router itself is mounted under the table, facing upwards.
It offers many advantages over using a hand router. It allows more precise control of milling . The piece of wood is held in place on the table. While the operator can adjust the router according to his needs. This ensures increased stability and precision . Which is essential when carrying out complex milling jobs.
Using an under-table router also offers better safety. The piece of wood is held firmly, reducing the risk of unwanted vibrations or movements during milling. Additionally, the operator's hands remain outside the work area, minimizing the risk of injury.
Once the panel is placed on the router table. A versatile electric machine used to perform a wide variety of milling jobs. We work on the four sides of the Pegboard to give them this beveled appearance.
Last step, sanding. All angles as well as the Pegboard are sanded to give it a cleaner and softer finish. It is then oiled to give it its perfectly finished appearance.
And there you have it, you know everything about the bevel step at Quark!
In short, beveling adds style and aesthetics to woodworking projects. Offering angled angles that add a touch of sophistication and professional finish.
Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or an experienced professional, mastering the art of beveling can open up new creative avenues. However, it is important to emphasize that safety is paramount when using these tools and techniques . Wearing personal protective equipment, as well as knowing good tool handling practices, are essential to prevent accidents and work with confidence.
So don’t hesitate to get started! Experiment and give free rein to your creativity with the bevel and its related techniques. You will be rewarded with aesthetically pleasing results, impeccable finishes and personal satisfaction in your carpentry work.
See you next week Quarkos!