This bevel adds interest to edges on countertops, cabinets and many other pieces around the home
Chris Hill January 1, 2000
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Used to add detail to furniture and cabinetry, chamfers are bevels typically cut at a 45-degree angle along an edge. They can be cut on a table saw with the blade tilted or with a router fitted with a chamfer bit. Chamfers usually are not cut through the entire thickness of a part and leave some portion of the edge intact, revealing part of the original 90-degree edge.
This illustration shows 45-degree chamfers cut on the ends and side of a board. The chamfers are cut at exactly halfway through the board's thickness.
A chamfer adds a detailed edge to the white countertop on the right side of this photo.
Stopped chamfers add a great amount of architectural interest to cabinetry. Here they create more places to add an antiqued and distressed look.