Pie Crust Table #3: More work on the top. (Does it ever end?)

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-04-2009 03:32 AM 3709 reads 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Machining the outside edge of the top Part 3 of Pie Crust Table series Part 4: Working on the inside edge »

I made a little progress since the last post.

Remember that I had to decrease the diameter of my top by 1/4”? Well the problem was using a 1/2” diameter flush trim bit. That was a little too violent and had some chip-out , oh well. What I should have done is go back in time to this point:

Then take a couple more passes with that small bit going as deep as I could. Then just go ahead and flip the top over and use my 5/8” radius round over bit making the cut little by little.

Then I ended up with this chip free perfect edge.

The reason for such a large bit was the make the edge look thinner and giving it the appearance of lightness.

Then I took one of the corners I cut off when I rounded the top and used it to create my edge profile sample. It worked perfect since it was the same thickness.

Here you can see the profile I came up with. Now you can do whatever you like.

For the outside edge I used a 3/8” radius round over bit.

Then a 1/4” radius round over bit with the bearing ground off.

Then a Classic Fluted Plunge Bit. I got it here: Rockler bit #91414

Then you see a 5/8” wide flat area. The top at it’s thinnest will be 5/8”, which will be the entire inside flat surface.
Now the hard part (at least until I figure it out). How to cut that edge detail with those router bits easily and reliably.
That may take be a while since I don’t want to screw this up at this point.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 03:42 AM

If you don’t figure it out, noboby will !! Do yoiu intend to make the whole top with routers and not carve by hand?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 03:50 AM

I plan on doing as much as I can by router, but that will only take me so far. All those sharp inside corners will have to be cleaned up by hand. I’m not that good at carving.

I may try to do a lot of carving on the base since I won’t have as much time and lumber invested in those pieces, just in case I screw them up.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 03:50 AM

Great work Gary! I look forward to seeing the problem resolved and the finished piece.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 03:55 AM

Looks great Gary , I guess I’m missing something but it looks like you have the edge detail done. Thanks for the great step by step photos and even were and what bit to buy.


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#5 posted 05-04-2009 03:59 AM

Jim – That’s the bottom of the outside. The next part is the inside edge detail.

That is the profile I show on the sample piece.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 04:04 AM

Its really coming together nicely ! Thanks for the step by step.(I’m learning alot)

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#7 posted 05-04-2009 04:42 AM

Looks like another masterpiece in the making!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 05-04-2009 04:42 AM

very very nice thus far. and, i’m sure it will only get nicer. just remember – GO SLOW…..

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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#9 posted 05-04-2009 05:00 AM

Beautiful!! I have often wondered how in the world this was done..thank you for showing the step by step process.. Keep us posted on how it goes.. I want to make one of these myself and need the

-- Randall Child

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#10 posted 05-04-2009 06:29 AM

Interesting predicament! I’ll be watching to see how you solve the routing problem.


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#11 posted 05-04-2009 10:20 AM

Really nice profile of the “crust”. Thanks for the step-by-step and the warming about the diameter of the flush trim bit.

I am looking forward to the next installment

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#12 posted 05-04-2009 02:07 PM

Gary A great set of photos.

Nice job so far. We are all waiting for the TA DA.

Looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 05-04-2009 02:08 PM

Gary, you are making those cuts on a router table right? Mike

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#14 posted 05-04-2009 02:17 PM

A great tutorial!

I’ll be patiently waiting for next installment.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 05-04-2009 03:31 PM

jockmike2 – No Mike, they are all cut using a hand held router. This thing is way too big and heavy for the router table.

BTW figured out how I’m going to do the inside. At least I hope.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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