A bevel refers to an angled edge that measures less than 90 degrees and is commonly found on furniture, baseboards, cabinets, and mirrors. Not only do beveled edges serve a decorative purpose, but they also provide safety by reducing the risk of injuries that could be caused by sharp, perpendicular angles.
Creating a bevel often involves joining two pieces together at an angle, or cutting a slant or slope into a single piece of wood. Beveled edges are frequently used to soften angles on materials where sharp edges could be hazardous, such as counters, cabinets, and tabletops. Additionally, bevels can be found on baseboards, molding, and trim as a decorative element. To ensure a precise cut, a bevel rule or sliding bevel tool may be used. Such tools are often referred to as a “bevel” due to their purpose. Alternatively, a bevel cut can be achieved by tilting a knife or blade at the desired angle while cutting the wood.