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I want to model this gun: enter image description here

So I started to cut out the rough shapes from a cube (using the boolean modifier) Then I tried to clean up the geometry to be able to round the edges of the handguard. enter image description here

But it does not work. When I try to bevel it like in the last pic top right it just gets really messy. enter image description here

I think I took the wrong approach. How would you go about adding clean and workable geometry to such a piece and would you use the Bevel tool to create the round shapes?

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The artifacts are caused by beveling too tight geometry.
It good to keep some space near edges specifically for beveling.

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