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11-18-2011 10:05 PM

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table top is to be 65” x 14” x1” (to be used behind sofa). The underside edges are to be “beveled” back 1 3/4” and leaving a 5/16” thickness or lip at the edges. I see how I can bevel the long side tilting my TS blade. But how do I attack the short edge. I don’t see how I’d manage the tall side in the vertical position on my TS.

The simple plan came from this site but I can’t find the original post.

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 11:32 PM

It can be done on a tablesaw with a good blade and a well lubed table. Somewhat risky, yes, but it can be done. (that doesn’t mean I recommended it, your honor.)

You can also do it by scoring a line on the end and a line cross grain and hand planing off the waste. It’s work, but it’s good for the soul, or so I understand. : )

When you consider the design, think about leaving the long edges square, with eased edges, and just back bevel the ends. Then pull the legs in from the end 4 1/2 inches or so.

If you do the bevel on the long sides, your stability will be adversely affected by the narrowness of the end footprint. If you leave them square, you can use a small overhang. It will look good.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 12:05 AM

got a hand plane, :)

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 07:49 AM

The fastest way is with a hand plane. not a block plane. If you are just doing two 14” edges you could use a hand saw. Not one of the cute short blade saws but invest in a 26” or so, 10 tpi hand saw. Disston used to make them, I think you can still find them at decent hardware stores. It would take about 5 min per side and then smooth it out with a block plane. The caveman approach would be to take your belt sander and a 40 or 60 grit belt and just start grinding away. Primitive, and prone to mistakes, but quick and effective.

The old guys here will remember when the long stroke saws were the answer to most sawing questions. Often the simplest answers are still the best. Good luck

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 01:44 PM

I haven’t ever needed to do this because I use a router for all my table tops, but, if I had to, I’d do it like this:
work out the angle of the bevel, cut a couple of pieces same thickness as the top, put them either side of the ends of the top to use as a guide for taking the bevel off with a sharp hand plane

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 03:26 AM

a simple thanks would have been nice for everyone who took time to answer your query. Manners maketh the man and all that.

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