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Forum topic by Tishman posted 01-06-2017 10:51 PM 449 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2017 10:51 PM


I’m making a countertop for a friend’s cafe and wanted to get everyone’s thoughts on design/production. It’s going to be an edge glued maple piece, the full length of the bar. The shape is basically a rectangle with a curve cut into one long end, but the curve is not the same at both ends. I was thinking about tracing the shape from the current metal countertop onto a piece of cardboard, and then onto hardboard (actual size) and then using that to get a full size reference. Then using a piece of plywood with the maple panel on top of it. I’d use a jigsaw to get close to the line, and then a bottom bearing pattern bit in the router to match the tip to the old curve exactly.

Thoughts? Ideas? Simplifications?

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 11:34 PM

That will work, but I would be more concerned about how to attach the wood to the metal edged top. Being a cafe, there will be weight placed on the edge (arms/elbows) and it needs to withstand that load.

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 12:11 AM


Your description is how I would approach the problem, but with one exception. The plan you described involves the pattern being transferred from the original counter top to card board to hardboard and then to plywood, which is used as the template for the new counter top. Eliminating one or more of these transfers could get to the final template quicker and with less error. For example perhaps the counter top could be traced onto what would become the plywood template, the plywood cut to shape and the curve fared for use as the template. If the cardboard must be the first step, I would think that making the template directly from the cardboard would work without the intermediary hardboard.

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#3 posted 01-07-2017 12:59 AM

Thanks for the replies, folks.

It’s going to be totally supported from the bottom. The support underneath isn’t going to change and it follow the curve exactly.

Good call. I’ll try to do it directly onto the ply. That sounds like a good idea. Thanks!

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