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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 07-19-2009 07:43 AM 2935 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Well In number 1 – 8 we made the large circler pattern and four 20×20’ patterns that make all the separate parts of the edge details
For our pie crust table.
Before we use this patterns to make our table we need to make sure all of our patterns are producing even edge details so when make our table we don’t have to hand carve the edge to make it come out properly.
Some things we have to keep in mind before starting our table top.
We still screw our patterns down but the screws should not go into the table top more than 3/8” so that we done have to deal with the holes they make after the center is routed out.
Make sure your patterns are free from saw dust or any other debris that would keep them from screwing down evenly.
After routing each section to make sure the detail is crisp and even each and every time.

The way we start our table top is the exact same way we started our large circular pattern in #1-#3 this will complete the rounding of our table top.

A caution here, because we are routing in wood and not melamine
We need to route in steps instead of in one pass and we need to be extra careful when the grain runs parallel with our edge details.






So at this point we have routed our outside edge being very careful that it has routed evenly and at equal depth all the way around.
Now we have to route the center section of our table to an equal depth with the depth as our last patterns depth.
There is more than one way to do this but the way I did this was to use the last pattern #4 to route away from the edge by using the side of this pattern until it was not possible to use it any more. After that I used small blocks of wood stuck to the bottom of the routers outer edge to continue to remove the center of the table top.


As you proceed you need to clear away the shavings so not to interfere with the process.



When you reach the center you need to saw of the dowel



In #9 we will proceed with cleaning the edges and center of our table top.

Link to Charles Neil’s The Magic of Routers
Were I got this whole process from.

Links to my pie crust table blogs










-- Custom furniture

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-19-2009 08:15 AM

Looking great Jim…can not wait untill the final blog to see it finished.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-19-2009 12:39 PM

busy ! busy !
looks real nice , jim .
so who gets to sand ?
anne is much to busy running the company ,
and joe and joshs are also to busy ,
laying out the future .
that leaves only the janitor ,
do you think he can handle it ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-19-2009 02:38 PM

Can’t wait, hurry! No, don’t hurry or you will make a mistake or worse get hurt!
Its coming along nicely!

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

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#4 posted 07-19-2009 02:45 PM

Wow Jim…nice work..this is going to be a beauty!


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#5 posted 07-19-2009 02:56 PM

This is amazing work! And the amount of saw dust…wow!

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 04:45 PM

Looking good Jim!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 07-19-2009 04:52 PM

Hey David
I thought that’s your faveriat past time “sanding” where do I ship the top to. LOL have a great one bud

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 07-19-2009 05:12 PM

Jim, It REALLY is turning out beautiful…..One of the things I love about L/J’s is all the different projects that just “Pop” up and give me inspiration…so far I have written down all of your directions so I can try one myself when I get caught up in the shop…..thanks again for posting and sharing all the “Secrets” to your table….I may be contacting you soon on some of the “Finer” details.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#9 posted 07-19-2009 06:02 PM

Hey Don
Thanks I suggest that folks check out the link to Charles Neil’s “The Magic of Routers” he has other great tips on using routers in this set plus this Pie crust. Also GaryK has done a great blog on his Pie crust table. It’s best to check them all out and see what works for you. You can write of the DVD Don.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 07-19-2009 06:46 PM

Jim: I’ve not gotten a chance to read all of the blogs yet but I sure will. Thanks for the happy trails through the making of this.

-- 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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#11 posted 07-20-2009 11:40 AM

Hey Jim,
Great effort and job…...will look super when finished.

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