Dress up a post with a beveled top and tapered chamfer sides
To make a beveled pyramid top with round over edges:
- Set the saw blade to 17 degrees and crosscuts each side at the end of the beam. This is more easily done with a chop saw, but it can work with a circular saw too. Samurai cleans up the bevels with his boss chisel.
"There's really no way you can round over the ends with a router, so I just take a belt sander and feather it in."
- Clean it up with a piece of sand paper.
For the edges of the post, Samurai will cut a tapered chamfer
- Get a big chamfer bit—the biggest you can find. Samurai has a 2 inch bit.
- Measure from the edge of the router plate to the edge of the bearing. That number is 2-7/8 inch.
- Measure 2-7/8 inches in from the edge of the post and make a mark. this will be the deepest point of the chamfer.
- Next, measure from the edge of the router plate to the edge of the blade, this is where the chamfer will disappear. In this case, the measurement is 2 inches.
- At the other end of the chamfer, measure in from the edge of the post 2 inches and make another mark.
- Clamp a straight edge to the two marks and use as a router fence.
After the cut, you'll notice a nice chamfer.
And then you'll notice that the top of the cut has a radius and the bottom is square. No matter—use a combination square to make straight 45 degree angles on each side and chisel them both to a perfect 45 degree bevel to a straight point.
That way it doesn't look like a router did it, it looks like it was done by hand. 'Cuz it was.
Editor's note: Level = Not a Step