Pagoda Box

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Project by Tomw posted 02-05-2011 05:09 PM 1507 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas gift for my wife, who loves oriental architecture. The lid was made with a cove cut (3rd pic shows the tablesaw setup.) This is a nerve-wracking thing to do on a tablesaw, and generates an unbelievable amount of sawdust, but all went well. I’d made some molding once before with this trick, and learned the hard way to take small bites, raising the blade ever so slightly with each pass. I used Sketchup as usual, which was most helpful in determining the cove depth. Glueup was a bit tricky; lots of tape. Hopefully a dress rehearsal for a larger jewelry box. Cherry, with shellac finish.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 05:58 PM

Fantastic job on the lid! Can’t wait to see where this takes you.

For the cove cut on the TS, I’m assuming you made 1-rip cut, then turned the board 180-degrees, made another cut, then raised the blade slightly and repeated, yes?

I’m picturing this piece in mixed species as I type this. Is that what you’re considering?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 08:07 PM

Thanks Jonathan! Here’s a video (not mine) of cove cutting. Mine was about 74 degrees off axis.

-- Tom

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 09:34 PM

Oops, forgot the link:

-- Tom

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 09:41 PM

great work, love the way you did the cove and made a top from it. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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