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Forum topic by mikeytheeye posted 01-19-2012 04:30 AM 767 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2012 04:30 AM

I’m trying to figure out if there is any way to make this. It’s going to be a 20” round, 5 ” tall cake stand made of a yet to be determined species of hardwood for a wedding. Before I commit to the job, I need to see if I can even do it. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated. How else could I make the sides sweep in without a lathe. I know I could do a lot of sanding (ugh), but I don’t think I could do it evenly. Any ideas?

Anybody in the Chattanooga Tenn. area with a machine big enough and willing to help?


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#1 posted 01-19-2012 05:07 AM

There are some jigs that I have used on the table saw for cutting a cove in dimensional lumber but I am not sure if you could hold the piece steady enough to get an accurate, consistent cove on a round like you are proposing.
If you modified your design so the layers have a flat bevel you could cut out graduated sizes on a band saw (provided you have a band saw) with the table tilted. If that works it would get you a little closer to your design and maybe cutting a cove with a table saw might be easier.
I would mock something up with some lumber scraps to try some different approaches before committing to a finished design.
Maybe wood turning could be a new addition to your list of talents.

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 05:22 AM

do you have a router table? Could you drill a hole in the center? Got a drill press?

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 05:28 AM

There are two problems with turning something this big. On most lathes there is a clearance problem. However, on most lathes you can turn the head sideways and/or run the head to the end of the rail. Then you have to rig up a tool rest – often a free standing tool rest connected to a stand that sets on the floor. The second problem is turning speed. For something this large, you need to start out with the speed in the 200 – 300 rpm range. Lathes with electronic speed control can do this. Most cannot.

If I had to make this without a lathe, I would probably make a series of thin circles of wood cut with a circle cutting jig on a band saw, scroll saw or jig saw. In theory, you could tilt the table of a band saw or scroll saw to put an angle on the edge of the circles. Then glue them up and sand and sand and sand some more.

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 05:32 AM

How about a frame so the work piece is vertical and then position it above the saw blade at an angle-bbjjj suggested the saw for a cove-here you can rotate the workpiece past the saw blade and by raising the blade slowly after each revolution of the work piece, probably take longer to make the jig than to cut the cove.
Just an idea.

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