|Forum topic by Vrtigo1||posted 03-22-2011 12:24 AM||1171 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-22-2011 12:24 AM
My sister just bought an older house that has four fireplaces. She took off all the mantles and asked me to “fix them up” so they look a little better. They are about 6’ long, 4-5” tall, and maybe a foot deep. The side that was against the wall is relatively flat and the front edge isn’t quite what I would call natural, but it’s definitely not flat in any sense of the word. She wants me to cut that edge off so they’re flat on all sides, then sand them a bit to clean them up and maybe rout a profile on it.
So, first question is how to cut off the rough edge. I could joint the back edge and put it against my table saw rip fence, but the blade isn’t tall enough to cut all the way through, so i’d have to cut one side, flip the piece end for end and then cut the other side. Is this dangerous? I wanted to get some feedback before I tried this, as there would be an awful lot of blade making a “trapped” cut.
The other possibility I thought of would be to clamp a plywood fence on my bandsaw, but I’m not really set up for a workpiece that large (length or thickness wise).
Once I figure out how to get the pieces squared up, I’m not really sure what kind of profile I should put on it. I could do a roundover or something similar, but not sure how a 1/2” roundover would look on a piece of wood that’s 4” tall. Any recommendations?