How to Cut a Decorative Bead with a Beading Plane

//How to Cut a Decorative Bead with a Beading Plane

In the above video I continue the last video & article “How to Cut a Ship Lap Joint with Hand Tools” by showing you how to cut a simple decorative “bead”, with a beading plane, to add shadow and beauty to an otherwise ugly joint line:

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Isn’t that an ugly, boring line?

TOOLS THAT YOU’LL NEED

Even though I’ve written a nice hand tool buying guide (here), I’m still often asked for links to the tools that I use in my videos, so here is a list of tools that I used (or mentioned) in this video:

WORKBENCH:
HAND PLANES:
MALLETS & HAMMERS:

 

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Beads look great on the lines that separate two boards on drawer & tool chest bottoms, backs of cabinets, and even around door & window trim. In this video I put a bead on the bottom of a tool chest tray:

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After sharpening & adjusting your beading molding plane, start cutting on the edge of the decorative side of the ship lap. This decorative bead also looks nice on a tongue & groove joint. Just take a thin shaving (adjust the iron & wedge if it’s too course), and the plane will stop when it bottoms out.

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For thinner boards (like the above 1/4″ drawer bottom) you will need to use a smaller beading plane, like this 3/16″ beading plane. You can also use a “hand beader” and even a screw on a board to make a decorative bead! If you want to learn more about beads than you ever thought possible, watch this surprisingly great episode of The Woodwright’s Shop:

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About the Author:

Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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