Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 3
   January 2011
   Cut a Stopped Chamfer with a Lamb's Tongue

A stopped chamfer with a lamb's tongue
A stopped chamfer with a lamb's tongue

A decorative flourish in metal, wood or plaster that terminates with an S shape often earns the name "lamb's tongue". It is, in essence, an ogee shape. In furniture, a lamb's tongue is frequently used at the point where a stopped chamfer changes into a sharp corner.

Making a lamb's tongue at the end of a chamfer intimidates some woodworkers; however, it's simple work once you know the right strokes.

Layout Is Everything
Precise work begins with accurate layout. The best way to lay out a lamb's tongue is to make a small wooden template of the shape. Trace the pattern onto both faces of the arris (the corner made by adjoining surfaces) where the chamfer will end. Use a cutting gauge to lay out the chamfer all along the arris. The chamfer shown here is 3/8" x 3/8".
Pattern for making a wooden template
Pattern for making a wooden template
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