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709 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: carving shaping cove molding table saw

So for the first time ever I cut my first cove molding. I have to say that it is very similar to how you use a jointer. I thought that it was going to be very difficult to do, but it is remarkably easy. Here is the video that I watched prior to attempting it. I hope it helps someone else. By the way, on the first pass, make sure that you only take a very small amount off. I was at about 1/16th of an inch, but I would recommend depending on the wood to maybe go a little less. After that though you can go to a full 1/16th or a little more.

Video on making cove molding

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#1 posted 708 days ago

Yes, this is fun to do. The most important thing I found that was necessary was using a thick heavy blade good and sharp for side cutting. A lot more like milling in my opinion than using a jointer. But it is cool to do, by varing the angle of attack and depth you can make all kinds of round cove and elipes cove. Hey you could even make gutters for your house (I’ve seen it done!).
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#2 posted 708 days ago

Just watched video. Never thought what would happen if you tilted the blade. Now thats cool!. Now this I’ve done too, with a couple “V” blocks clamped to the table you can hollow out round material making bowls.
MIKE

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#3 posted 708 days ago

Thanks for the link. That is an excellent video with explanations that are complete and easy to understand.

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#4 posted 708 days ago

If you can stomach the price, CMT makes a molding head for a TS – basically a saw blade on steroids. Theoretically it will yield smoother cuts . . .

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#5 posted 707 days ago

Thanks for the link… it is very good and informative. We’ve been in our house for 28 years and now that I’m retired and done raising our 4 sons, I’m remodeling the kitchen and expanding it into the barn. Cove molding will have a home in it and now I can do it myself!

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#6 posted 707 days ago

all is easy until you try sanding it perfectly

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#7 posted 707 days ago

Very interesting technique. It looks crazy but it seems to work really well.

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#8 posted 706 days ago

Moron – any tips on sanding coves?

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