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Trestle Table #32: Table Top's Bevels Cut with Circular Saw Cutting Jig

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-03-2016 11:28 PM 2973 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: Whoa, Let's Be Safe With These Bevel Cuts Part 32 of Trestle Table series Part 33: Hand Planed Table Top's Side Bevels »

Today I completed making the circular saw cutting jigs. I have one jig that is 60 inches long for cutting the 45 degree bevel of the sides of the table top. The other jig is 36 inches long for cutting the 30 degree bevel on the ends of the table top.

After fixing the fence to the top of the jigs with screws, I then cut the bevels with my Rigid circular saw. Once I had the jig trimmed to the saw blade with that angle, I was able to lay the jig on the top side of the table top and align it just so.

The ends were not square so I marked the ends with a large square and a pencil line. I lined up the jig on that pencil and then cut the 30 degree bevel on the ends.

Then it was simply using the longer jig for the sides of the table top. Clamped the jig to the top and the top to my assembly table in order to cut these bevels.

I ran out of time today, but I will be back tomorrow to hand plane the side bevels that are now 45 degrees to approximately 64 degrees. That works out to be 1 9 1/16 of an inch from the edge of the table’s sides.

-- --- Happy Howie



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#1 posted 11-06-2016 01:07 AM

Hey Happy what is going on here buddy?...... the edges are supposed to be rounded
Your gunna be dead meat if the grandkids run into that edge!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-06-2016 01:46 AM

Hi Robert, I can see what you mean from the photo above, but I am not done with it yet. It does have a sharp point in the above photo, but stay with me…

Maybe you did not see or read my earlier blog post that I was following a Fine Woodworking Magazine article by Daniel Chaffin. I am following his trestle table top design. I posted an image of his table earlier. I will repeat it again here for your review. As you will notice there will be a corner but the pointy end that you saw above will not longer be there.

After seeing Daniel’s table top in the image above, do you still have an issue?

I made a curved cut on my table top’s sides late this afternoon. Tomorrow I will be working that curve more with my block plane and maybe my spokeshave. I will also repeat the web link to Daniel Chaffin’s Fine Woodworking Magazine article where his design of the top is explained and shown. You may need an online membership in order to view the entire article, though.

However, you can view my latest images of my table top that I posted this evening after cutting my table top’s side’s curves.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 08:59 AM

Happy,

I did read it but I cannot get the full info as I am not a member

I am not sure which part that you posted but it had a reference to what I thought was rounded edges,
otherwise fine work being conducted …carry on!!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 03:33 PM

Robert, I read your latest post this morning before I began work in my shop. I thought I would provide this photo. It shows the offending sharp corners. As you can see I have cut those sharp corners off from my table top. I retrieved them this morning from my 5 gallon bucket waste can so I could provide photo evidence…

I hope that helps alleviate your fears of my grandchildren being impaled. I would not want that to happen to them either.

As you can see in this photo I am trying to figure out a good way to clamp this table top so I can plane the curved edges. I will be using my short length, low angle block plane; maybe a spokeshave. If I can keep the block plane’s toe down on the convex curve I should be able to get nice shavings and a smooth edge. That method worked on my rocking chair project with its curved parts.

I appreciate your comments. It is what I like about this forum… You all keep me on my toes and with my right foot forward…

Best wishes… Have a beautiful Sunday…

-- --- Happy Howie

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