Bevel a Large Radius

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Forum topic by Chris posted 03-08-2008 06:38 AM 1032 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2008 06:38 AM

The Situation: I will be making a desk top that is 1” x 35” x 50” with a large radius cut on both ends of Padauk

The Problem: How would you cut a bevel on the radius?

The top will be constructed of two pieces of Padauk that are 21” wide and 19” wide respectively and 15’ long and are still 6/4 rough at the moment.

This will eventually be my desk for my home office.

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#1 posted 03-09-2008 02:32 AM

A router table?

Cut it close and use a table saw with a pivot point?

I would really need to see some pictures of exactly what you are trying to accomplish.

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#2 posted 03-09-2008 07:15 AM

Would not have thought of the table saw for this type of cut…sounds interesting.

I’d use a band saw, with an auxiliary table and a pivot point. But this is a big and heavy top.

An alternative may be to make a base for my router (wedge angle to match the bevel), a straight bit and a pivot point. I’m sure constructing a base is a bit more complex. I’d look for router circle cutting jigs for ideas.

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#3 posted 03-09-2008 02:34 PM

I read this and had to come back.

I think I would use a belt sander to bevel the edge then a RO sander to smooth it out.

I just can’t see a safe or efficient way to use a router or saw to do that, unless you just want a short bevel for which you can find a bit to use in your router, after you have cut the radius.

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#4 posted 03-09-2008 03:18 PM

If it were me, I would cut the radius on the band saw and rout the edges.

There may be one of the Jocks that has posted a circle cutting jig here. They are simple to build, probably less than a hour to complete, and will save you a lot of time and grief.

Our old friend Norm has plans for several jigs at New Yankee Workshop which are very useful.
The plans are only $16.00 US

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