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Bohaiboy

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08-18-2017 01:47 AM

I need to cut a 1.5” radius curve for a piece of an apron for a table. See pic. I would cut it prior to final dimensioning teh wood to lengths and width so i would have a centering base. Should I buy a 3” forstner bit or hole saw, or just wing it with band saw qand then shape it out on the oscilalting sander.?

-- Tim, Houston, TX area


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josephf

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 01:52 AM

make a template and then use a router with the template on the actual project .

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Loren

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#2 posted 08-18-2017 02:08 AM

For just a few parts I would band saw it out
and clean it up with files and sandpaper.

You can get a tool called a fly cutter that
adjusts for cutting circles on a drill press.
It won’t cut as fast a a dedicated hole saw
or drill bit, but the size is variable.

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bandit571

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#3 posted 08-18-2017 02:16 AM

Forstner bit.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Rich

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#4 posted 08-18-2017 03:41 AM

I like the router template idea Joseph had, but you’ll need a combination flush trim bit. Going into the grain with a flush trim bit is an invitation for nasty kickback — like across the room. Gotta go with the grain.

Second choice is the bandsaw and oscillating sander. It won’t be as perfect, but if you’re careful, it’ll pass.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 08-18-2017 03:53 AM

Jig saw (or band saw) and oscillating sander if you have them.
You need to do the same thing to make a router template anyway.
Since you only have 2 to do, just cut em and sand em up and be done.

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Bohaiboy

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#6 posted 08-18-2017 04:16 AM

Actually have 8 to do, 4 aprons with one on each end/

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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Rich

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#7 posted 08-18-2017 04:20 AM



Actually have 8 to do, 4 aprons with one on each end/

- Bohaiboy

Router template. It’ll give you perfectly consistent results.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 08-18-2017 11:55 AM

Band saw or jig saw. Could probably even use a coping saw.

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#9 posted 08-18-2017 12:22 PM

there are 100 ways to do anything and if it works it’s right

I vote bandsaw and sandpaper

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#10 posted 08-18-2017 12:23 PM

Check this out. It will show how to make the template you need. I made mine form 1/2” MDF. http://www.woodworkerz.com/curved-corner-edging/

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#11 posted 08-18-2017 12:56 PM



Jig saw (or band saw) and oscillating sander if you have them.
You need to do the same thing to make a router template anyway.
- jbay

There is a big difference between cutting a curve in a 1/4” sheet of mdf and doing the same on the actual piece,

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jbay

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#12 posted 08-18-2017 01:34 PM

Jig saw (or band saw) and oscillating sander if you have them.
You need to do the same thing to make a router template anyway.
- jbay

There is a big difference between cutting a curve in a 1/4” sheet of mdf and doing the same on the actual piece,

- Carloz

Not Really!
Maybe if you have a crappy jig saw and don’t use the correct blade, otherwise it’s just as easy.

Tim,
Seeing that you have 8 of them to do, I would probably set up a hole saw
(or forstner bit ) and cut them on the drill press.

If you do make a template and rout them, precut them close to the line so that your not hogging off a lot of material, that will make them go much easier.

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#13 posted 08-18-2017 01:35 PM

Forstner bit or hole saw.

This will get you the exact same size and placement. The forstner bit would be a little faster than the hole saw and probably a cleaner hole. The large forstner bit are not that expensive.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 08-18-2017 01:55 PM

Stack both apron lengths together and bandsaw them and sand to your liking.

Rinse and repeat. Done

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Rich

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#15 posted 08-18-2017 02:18 PM



Jig saw (or band saw) and oscillating sander if you have them.
You need to do the same thing to make a router template anyway.
Since you only have 2 to do, just cut em and sand em up and be done.

- jbay

You do the same thing to make a router template… once. Then, the production pieces are quick, easy, and consistent. Besides, he said he has 8 to do, not 2.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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