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AwesomeOpossum74 06-19-2019 11:11 AM

Beading with bench chisels
 
Some time ago I did a small project that included some minor triangular beading. It consisted of marking/knife-walling the outer edges of the bead and chiseling with a wide bench chisel; no special beading planes. The outcome was not spectacular, but not bad either, for a first go. And the process was not difficult, just a bit time consuming.



I was wondering if there is a widely known technique for using simple tools for beading? Is it worth the investment to buy a set of beading tools?

Steve Neul 06-19-2019 11:42 AM

Depending on the desired look you might use a parting tool to start the beading. Then use a gouge about sweeps 5 ground on an angle to round over the beads. Use the gouge face down. With beading it's difficult to get a straight line and using the parting tool you can start off with a very light cut and gradually go deeper with it straightening the cut little by little as you go.

AwesomeOpossum74 06-19-2019 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Neul (Post 2059541)
Depending on the desired look you might use a parting tool to start the beading. Then use a gouge about sweeps 5 ground on an angle to round over the beads. Use the gouge face down. With beading it's difficult to get a straight line and using the parting tool you can start off with a very light cut and gradually go deeper with it straightening the cut little by little as you go.

I see a parting tool is for wood turning, right? I'm more talking about beading across a board, not on a lathe.

Steve Neul 06-19-2019 02:54 PM

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I see a parting tool is for wood turning, right? I'm more talking about beading across a board, not on a lathe.

No, the woodcarvers parting tool is like this. It's used to make the lines and then the ridges between are rounded over making the beads.

AwesomeOpossum74 06-19-2019 03:53 PM

Thanks. I'll have to find a v tool and round gouge to try this out on.

Steve Neul 06-19-2019 04:11 PM

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The one I found a picture of is a little flat, like about 90 degrees. For what you are doing try to find one the V is a smaller width like about 60 degrees. The gouge is just a carving gouge which is ground straight across like a carpenters chisel. You grind it on an angle yourself. This one is mine. Having the angle is easier to control especially with the face side down.

Frost 06-20-2019 08:46 AM

Steve's approach is a much better way then this, more professional with consistent results, but.......

A simple drywall screw into a short board used as a fence can be used in a pinch. Just set the screw head out from the fence to what you need and start to take swipes. Sanding may be necessary. I'd only do this occasionally but its about as simple as you can get, use it like a marking gauge.


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