Almost any profile can be used on doorand drawer edges.One popular and tradi-tional profile is the thumbnail.It’s mostcommonly used with lipped doors anddrawers.A rabbet is cut around the insideperimeter,and the door or drawer front is fitwithin the opening.The lip that remains isshaped with a thumbnail profile.The resultis a door or drawer that covers the opening,yet the edge is thin and refined.
Shaping the Entire Edge
The most efficient tools for shaping edgesare the router table and shaper.Doors,drawers,and smaller tabletops are easy tohandle when feeding through the machines.But large,awkward work is easier to shapewith a handheld router.When shaping the edges of round orcurved tabletops you’ll need to use a bit orcutter with a bearing to guide the cut.If theedge is partially shaped,the bearing can fol-low the remaining portion of the edge.However,if the entire edge is shaped,you’llneed to make a template to guide the cut.
Still another form of molded edge treat-ments is the dished top.The surface of thetop is recessed,and the raised rim is molded.If the top is rectilinear,it’s simple to add astrip of molding to the edge and miter thecorners.But if the top is round,the moldingand top are easier to shape as one piece.Dished tops were popular on eighteenth-century tea tables and candle stands.Thetraditional method used is to turn the top on
The thumbnailprofile is an attrac-tive finish for theedges of doors,drawer fronts, andtabletops.
LIPPED THUMBNAILEDGE FOR DOORSAND DRAWERS
When shaping anedge, a bearingor rub collar rideson the remainingportion of the edgeto guide the cutter.