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Best way to ease inside/outside edges of cabinet doors?

JR Rutter Member

We are looking for a better/faster way to ease the edges on cabinet doors to prep for finishing. Doing the inside edges in particular seems to take extra time because of not wanting to get cross grain scratches on any of the parts that the ROS can't hit.

Do you break edges before or after hitting the faces with the random orbit?

Does a QuickSand or similar feed through brush system take care of easing edges well enough to avoid the hand work?

Is there a palm sander that can ease edges efficiently?

Thanks for any insight.

1/24/19       #3: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...
Dustin orth


I use a SurfPrep sander with a soft back up pad and 150 grit sheet hook and loop paper. One quick pass and the outside edges are done, the inside edge, take the pad off the sander and one quick pass by hand and the insideedges are done. After random orbiting is my preference as this ease is pretty small. I don't have one of the big fladder sanders so can't comment on that.

1/24/19       #4: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...
Joe Calhoon  Member

For me this is a painful process especially when faced with a big stack of doors. And more so with hard woods like white oak or hickory. So looking forward to some different ideas about this!
On square edge house doors we found a 1/16 radius router bit that fit in the panel recess by grinding a little off the bottom nut.
We run this between orbital sanding grits 120 and 180. We still lightly sand this by hand before the final 180. And you have to be careful not to touch the panel going across the grain on panels.
This may not work on cabinet doors as the recess is smaller. I do remember grinding off the bottom of a solid guide router bit for cabinet doors to do this but think it was tricky to keep from burning.
Possibly someone could make a custom bit for this.
Dustin, I have not used one of those sanders. Is it easy to avoid cross grain marks on the panel with that?

JR, we have also done this by hand a lot and always do the easing between grits just to avoid any marks on the face.

1/24/19       #5: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...

We also use a Surf Prep oscillating air sander to do edges. They're small and easy to control.

1/24/19       #6: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...
JR Rutter Member

duster, do you also do inside edges by hand, or does the surfprep work for those as well?

1/24/19       #7: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...

JR, yes it works well for inside edges. The foam backed abrasives come in different thicknesses and density so you can use whatever pad works best for your profile.

My finisher also uses it for sanding sealer.

1/24/19       #8: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...
door shop guy

Back when i was a cabinetmaker we used to order all our doors...I never once had any doors come in with any edges eased. It was always the cabinetmaker or finishers job to final sand and ease edges.
Now i am a door maker and i do ease the back sides and sand outside profiles but never do the inside edges and i have not once had anyone say anything about it. That said, i dont think it could be done any better than by hand and what are we talking about a couple swipes per edge? I think a power sander is too easy to roll a square edge.

1/25/19       #9: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...

These work pretty well. Quick and easy. Not sure the name of it, but can be bought at woodcraft or online. If that thing is not handy, I just use a piece of 180 in my hand. Probably quicker than a sander.

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1/28/19       #10: Best way to ease inside/outside edg ...
Adam West  Member


The SurfPrep 3x4 sander with medium 5mm pads does a beautiful job of rounding corners leaving a true radius instead of a chamfer. I rotate the sander slowly as I move along outside edges to avoid cutting through the sponge. Very easy to control.

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