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    shaping and safety question

    I am making a pedestal table. These are the braces for the top and bottom. I cut four of them from white oak, they will eventually be stained dark walnut to match the pedestal.
    My original plan was to round the edges of the inside curve with my mini-shaper. But after cutting these out I decided I did not want my fingers that close to the shaper cutters so have passed on that idea for now. But, they have, to me, an unfinished look. I'm not sure what to do. Stained dark and where they will be located they will not be noticable but I'm still not happy with this look. p.s., edit: They are small, the long leg is only 3", short is 2"
    Dunno wat to do.
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    Frank, make a jig/sled that has hold downs so your fingers are no where close to the spinning metal/carbide.
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    Double-stick tape them to a carrier. Turner's tape will do the trick, carpet tape is too spongy. If the screw holes wouldn't show, you could pocket hole it to the carrier.

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    Looks like you already drilled screw holes for mounting them, why not use those holes to mount to a holding jig for shaping?
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    Glenn, Darren, that is one of those so simple and obvious ideas I feel stoopid for not thinking of it myself. How I say "duh"?
    Thanks. I'll do it as soon as I finish banging my head on the concrete floor.
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    Based on the burn marks, it looks like the bandsaw might be due for a new blade, too.
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    don't worry Frank its a natural inclination of the human mind to build the taj mahal when a tent would suffice... Cant tell you how many rube Goldberg methods I have come up with in my shop only to have the lightbulb go off afterwards and give myself a good facepalm hehehehehe.
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    OR you could use an oscillating drum sander to smooth them out, if you have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    OR you could use an oscillating drum sander to smooth them out, if you have one.
    My thought exactly. Plus, if you don't have an oscillating spindle sander, this would be a great "reason" to get one! My motto is: Each new project should justify to the lady of the house that a new tool is needed for the project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Based on the burn marks, it looks like the bandsaw might be due for a new blade, too.
    Or, maybe, I should just have remembered to pull the tensioning lever down before working.
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