A chamfer is the effect given when an
equal bevel of 45 degrees is made on a square edge or corner.
A chamfer if typically made on a piece of woodwork. A chamfer can be used to give a piece of work a more attractive appearance as well as to soften sharp edges / corners.
The purpose of a chamfer is to offer a decorative appearance, to remove a fairly sharp edge and to create a more protected work-piece with a less exposed corner edge, one which over time will be less prone to knocks and dings and subsequent splintering.
There are specialist chamfer tools such as a chamfer plane or a chamfer spokeshave for producing chamfers. A chamfer can also be produced using a chisel.
A 'Chamfer' is a symetrical 45 degrees bevel cut along a previously 90 degree edge whereas a bevel is an angled cut at an edge to give a slope at an angle anywhere between 1 - 89 degrees however most typically used with an angle below 45 degrees.
A 'Stop Chamfer' is a chamfer which is only worked part of the way along a corner edge.
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