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11-17-2007 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router template round table

Hi Everyone,

What is the easiest way to make a template to guide my router when finishing round table’s edge.

I will be happy to call you if that would make it easier to discuss. The 3 foot table is for my grand daughter.

Have a great day,


-- Bob Lance, DE

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-17-2007 04:28 AM

Bob, You might consider one of the available circle cutter bases for your router. If the top is thick just rout a circle about 1/2 the depth of the tops thickness. Use your jig saw to cut the rest of the way through but stay away from the router cut. Leave about an eighth of an inch on the top. Then use a pattern bit with a top bearing and follow the edge you cut with the router. Aftrer you have the top cut out you can do edge shaping with any router bit with a bearing. Another option if you have band saw is to use my circle cutter for the band saw. Either of these will leave a small hole to fill in the center of the table. If you go with the router you can cut from the under side of the table and then the hole will not be visable. You also might want to make or buy an extended router base to help support the router while doing the edge detail. Hope this helps.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-17-2007 04:38 AM

Those are good ideas from Thos. Just so you know, there are also lots of router bits with bearings that will do nice profiles by simply riding against your table edge. May have to do a combination of two bits from both sides of the top to achieve this.

Also if you have a router table, you could make a wood fence of the same radius as your top and clamp that on the table as a guide to run against.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Don Niermann

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#3 posted 11-17-2007 04:47 AM

Put a piece of strofoam under it and cut all the way through it.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 11-17-2007 04:49 AM

That will work too, Don. But I would make at least two passes at it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 11-17-2007 07:30 AM

The best round table is square.

Sorry – just had to say that. :-)

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

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#6 posted 11-17-2007 03:56 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the guidance. I hope to be able to put pics of the project up when it is complete.

Have a great day and Happy Holidays,


-- Bob Lance, DE

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#7 posted 11-18-2007 01:18 AM

Hi Lance;

Looks like you got all the info you need so I’ll just say hello.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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