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Forum topic by verw0003 posted 03-19-2013 03:20 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2013 03:20 AM

I am wondering how to make the recessed, sloped circle where the drawer pulls are located, as seen in the picture. Router?


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#1 posted 03-19-2013 05:24 AM

Don’t know the “official” way to make these, but the rosette cutters you can mount in a drill press or lathe would make this dish shaped hollow (if you could find one of that configuration). I think you’d have to do some sanding. Those pulls are a nice design.

Another way (not recommended for safety reasons), would be to use a small diameter circular saw blade in a TS. Fix the drawer front in such a way that you can rotate it in place, while keeping it steady. No wobbling! Then slowly raise the blade as you rotate. You can make cove moldings by a similar process, which I have done, and it works. Again, a lot of sanding would necessarily follow.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 05:50 AM

It just occurred to me that you could hold the drawer front steady simply by using an overhead arm (like a bridge) securely clamped to the saw table, and simply use a pivot into the back of the wood. The pivot should not go through enough to contact the blade, but maybe a temporary block screwed to the back of the board, with the fasteners spaced far enough to avoid conflict with the blade, would give you enough depth to have a secure pivot. A wood screw pivot might not be good, as it would tend to tighten or loosen as you turned the material. Maybe somebody else can see a better way?

I hope nobody decides to hold me responsible for my bad ideas.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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