Bullnose shelving is shelving with a bullnose profile. A bullnose profile means a rounded edge. As well as wooden bullnose shelving, the edge profile edge can also be applied to other materials, such as plastic and metal.
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As well as full bullnose, which is semi-circular in profile, there is also half profile -- or single bullnose -- which has one rounded edge and one straight edge. Dupont bullnose has a full bullnose edge set slightly lower than the top surface of the shelf.
Bullnose timber is very popular and manufactured in large quantities. For bullnose wood, a machine like a giant router -- fed by a conveyor belt -- adds the bullnose finish to straight-edged timber. You can replicate the finish on a smaller scale with a bull nose bit, like the one sold by Rutlands.
Bullnose shelving is potential safer than shelving made with straight-edged timber. This is because straight-edged timber has two sharp ninety-degree corners at the front, which could lead to accidents. This is especially so where it juts out from a wall in a confined space. Full bullnose shelving, on the other hand, has no sharp edges at the front.
The rounded profile of a bullnose shelf is arguably more aesthetically appealing than its straight-edged counterpart. It can be seen as a softer, more subtle profile. Especially in a room dominated by straight lines, bullnose shelving can provide a useful contrast.
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