I notice that one of the last steps in most of your project plans is to add a 1⁄8" round-over to the corners. Why is this necessary?

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The unrounded corner, left, shows through the stain after wiping away the excess. The corner with the round-over better holds the stainu2019s pigments.

Q:

I notice that one of the last steps in most of your project plans is to add a 18 " round-over to the corners. Why is this necessary?
—Glenn Anderson, Simpsonville, S.C.

A:

We suggest "breaking" corners for both aesthetic and practical reasons, Glenn. Aesthetically, the nearly imperceptible rounding softens 90° angles that would otherwise look harsh.

On the practical side, unbroken corners broadcast any dents on the otherwise uncompromised line. Plus stains and finishes find it nearly impossible to cling to the tiny surface area afforded by the sharp point. And speaking of sharp: Those crisp corners can be downright painful if bumped by an elbow or shin. A round-over—even a slight one—spreads the force of impact, reducing damage, and provides a wider surface for better finish adhesion.