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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 2773 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:
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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.
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Then I ended up with this chip free perfect edge.

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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.
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Then a 1/4” radius round over bit with the bearing ground off.
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Then a Classic Fluted Plunge Bit. I got it here: Rockler bit #91414 http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=5300
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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.
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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?

-- "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.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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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)

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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

Looks like another masterpiece in the making!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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

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

-- 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 advise..lol

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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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.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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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

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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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. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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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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