Any idea of how to make this bowl type table top with a router?

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05-31-2016 05:18 PM

I want to make a coffee table top with a router, any idea of how to do it?
it has a 32” radius.
1” lip all around

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 05:39 PM

Start cutting with the router in the middle, and work your way out. Be prepared to do a lot of sanding after it’s cut.

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 05:45 PM

It’s basically a pie crust table.;wap2

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 06:28 PM

Swing it on a trammel, using a bowl bit.

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 07:32 PM

There are a few pages describing how to do this with a router in Lonnie Bird’s book called ‘Shaping Wood’. His design is almost identical to what you want to do.

I’d imagine there’s going to be one heckuva lotta sawdust on that one, though.


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#5 posted 05-31-2016 09:31 PM

I will try Bondo┬┤s suggestion

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 04:37 AM

A router sled (there are a number of posts that discuss how to do these), plus some kind of circle template would be my approach. And I would use a so-called bowl bit, because the corners of the bit are softened to avoid ridges from the router bit.

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#7 posted 06-07-2016 04:41 PM

The best way is to use a bowl/tray bit, This will round the inside edge and also be excellent for the rest of the job too.

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#8 posted 06-07-2016 09:38 PM

I like the sled idea (with a bowl/tray bit). You can do this freehand by starting in the middle and working your way out and using a trammel when you get to the edge but as the area you have removed gets wider than the radius of your base plate, you have to be careful not to tilt the router because half of it will be unsupported and as you get within base plate radius of the edge, you will be unsupported on the outside as well. If you don’t use a sled, once you have the center hogged out, you could add a spacer block with double stick tape to the base plate to provide support. You would use the spacer block to set the depth of cut.

Note that, if the depth is more that about 1/2” (can’t read the numbers on your diagram), maybe even a little less, you will probably have to do this in more than one pass so you might be able to do the first pass freehand and then make the finish cut with the sled. For the first pass a straight bit will be a little faster and use the bowl/tray bit on the finishing pass and lip.

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