Eased Edge Stone Profiles
There are a number of edge profiles available for natural and engineered kitchen countertops. In fact there are so many different types of edge profiles that you will find fabrication professionals calling the same profiles by different names. We are going to take a few minutes to talk about profiles that many fabrication professionals refer as eased edge stone profiles. As we discuss this distinct edge profile shape, we will look into why some home owners prefer it over some of the more intricate shapes.
What Are Eased Edge Profiles?
Browsing around the Internet you will find that here are a number of variations on some specific stone edge profile shapes. In fact, there are so many edge profile shapes that some material manufacturers have their own name for some of the profiles that are available. What this means is you will inevitably find a profile wheel or a profiling bit that has more than one name or description. Let’s look at an example using one of our profile shapes; the A profile.
Eased Edge Profiles (A Profiles)
Here on OMASystemsUSA.com, we offer a variety of edge profile types. We have popular edge profiles and the less popular edge profiles. Additionally, on our website there are some profile tooling items that can be describe using multiple terms. Because of this you will notice that we try to differentiate specific profiling tools from others using distinct terminology. A perfect example of this is “eased edge profiles”. Some stone professionals use this term to describe a profile that is ever so slightly rounded on the top edge or both the top and bottom edge of the stone’s surface. However, OMA Systems offers varying curve radius measurements. Thus, edge profiling tools are available for multiple “eased edge” profiles.
Because we offer more than one radius for our eased edge profiles, we like to make a distinction by describing them using the profile shape letter followed by the radius. This is the way we describe the profiles unless there is an implied measurement. Additionally, we offer what we refer to as “wheels” and “bits”; with the bits being our half gas tools. Lets break this down using some specific examples.
A30R5 Half Gas Eased Edge Profile Bit
The A30R5 half gas profiling tool would be referred to as an eased edge profiling bit because it has radius of 10mm or less and the height of the bit is greater than 20mm. So the resulting profile would look like a nearly straight edge with a slight curve on the top edge. As a general rule we refer to our half gas tools as “bits” and all others we refer to as profile wheels, profiling wheels or router bits.
A30R5 Eased Edge Profiling Wheel
So what is the A30R5 eased edge profiling wheel? Simply put, it is the exact same thing as the profiling bit, only it is the non-half gas version of the profiling tool. So we call it a an eased edge profiling “wheel”.
This same methodology (or naming convention) is what we use for the A30R10 as well. You can see a depiction of what eased edge stone profiles would look like in the image at the top of this page. Although the curve happens at a different radius, both appear to have the edge “eased” back a bit; even though they are at different arcs.
Is An A30R15 An Eased Edge?
Depending on what your definition of “eased edge” is, some might call it that. However, we tend to classified the A30R15 as a half bullnose profile. Again though, you will find that each stone professional will have a distinct collection of named edge profiles. Hence, we recommend that you look at any profile that you are interested in so you avoid any potential miscommunication.
What Eased Edge Profile Tools Are Available?
So delving into the full spectrum of our “eased edge” profiling tools, you can find the following tools on this site:
1/2 Gas Profiling Bits
The CNC 1/2 Gas Profiling Bits (as we like to refer to them) are as follows:
- A30R5 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A30SR5 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A30R10 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A30SR10 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A40R5 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A40SR5 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A40R10 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A40SR10 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A40R15 Half Gas Eased Edge
- A40SR15 Half Gas Eased Edge
In short then, when we refer to an eased edge profile tool we are talking about an A profile that does not qualify to be a half bullnose stone profile tool. Rather, it has a very small radius in proportion to its thickness.
Benefits of Eased Edge Profiles
There are a couple of benefits to selecting eased edge stone profiles for your countertop. First, eased edge profiles are less expensive since these are the basic shape of an edge. When you think about it, it makes sense. To create this kind of profile, less stock must be remvoed from the slab compared with other profile shapes.
Another benefit to choosing an eased edge is that they can be easier wipe off. Think about the difference between wiping something like crumbs off your countertop. The harder the edge is, the easier it is to catch the crumbs as you wipe them off the surface.
So there you have it. Eased edge profiles can be a bit confusing since they (like other profile shapes) can be called by various names. However, we try to take the initiative here on our website to make them a bit clearer by using naming conventions to help distinguish one tool from another.