The Right Edge for Your Tabletop
Go beyond router-bit profiles for custom edges that stand out
Synopsis: Garrett Hack spends a lot of time designing edges that add to the look of his tabletops. Not only must the edge of a table be tough enough to endure the bumps and bruises of everyday use, but it also must be attractive and pleasant to the touch. Many factors come into play, such as the size of the overhang, the thickness of the top, and the type of wood. Here, Hack explores different edge designs, from simple chamfers and bevels to different combinations of roundovers, beads, fillets, and other custom profiles.
I expect a lot from a tabletop edge. On one hand, I need it to be tough, able to endure a life full of bumps and bruises, even spills. Yet I want the edge to be attractive, with lines that are in keeping with the overall piece and with a profile that is pleasant to touch. It’s…