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Forum topic by richgreer posted 10-29-2011 04:22 PM 1188 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2011 04:22 PM

I really have 2 requests for advice here -

Does anyone have experience running a board through the table saw at an angle to create a cove? If so, do you have any advice on how to do that. I assume you make many passes raising the blade just a little with each pass. What kind of surface does it leave (i.e. how much sanding is required).

Is there any technique for the outside of a curved top other than a bandsaw and a lot of sanding?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 05:25 PM

I do that to make my bulldozer and grader blades. I clamp a angle at a angle on the table saw , then rase the blade a very wery little at a time. have a sharp blade, feed it realy slow. it is smoth when you get done but it needs some sanding.change the angle makes the cove bigger or smaller depends what way you move it.I try to get the cove the size I want before I cut it a the way.Good luck and take it very slow o the feed rate.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 10-29-2011 05:36 PM

Can’t help you with the cove but for the curved top you can use a router and a templet after the bandsaw to reduce the amount of sanding.

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 07:02 PM

Depending on the size, for the outside, you can set the TS blade at an angle and take off slices (like raising panels on the TS), then plane and sand smooth.

A curved scraper comes in handy for cleaning up the coved surface, as does a curved sanding block (eg cut out from foam).

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 07:44 PM

Rich, like wisewood2 was explaining, it’s an easy process. You need to clamp a couple of guide boards to the table top. By changing their angle, you change the type of cove you cut. Not only it’s width, but the depth the blade cuts with each pass. Give it a practice shot and you’ll see quite quickly what to do. Remember, sharp blade, slow passes, raising the blade a small amount each pass

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 08:13 PM

you might want to look here rich,

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