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04-09-2013 05:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shaping victorian tablesaw

I am brand new at woodworking. I have been doing my research on tips and tricks on how to utilize your router to put edges on your projects. I have elected to make my first project a simple music box and I would like to dress up the sides of the box a bit. I wanted to put coved sides on it but, I don’t entirely know how to go about doing it. I saw a video where a gentleman used his table saw to accomplish this and it turned out quite nicely. Is the a more efficient way to attain the sides I want without using my table saw?

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 05:55 AM

I’m finding it hard to picture exactly what you have in mind. Could you post a photo or sketch?

I have used a table saw for making coves, but realize that you have to do quite a bit of sanding after you’ve done the cuts. Router bits or shaper cutters give a smoother result.

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 04:54 PM

Trial & Error is the best teacher. Wanna know how I know that?? LOL

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 05:21 PM

I cut the hollows in this seat by running it across the blade on my tablesaw, I clamped my miter to the table to use as a fence. Just take little bites out of it at a time and move the miter to get a wider cove. I used my angle grinder with a flap disc to smooth it out.


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#4 posted 04-09-2013 05:33 PM

I coved the sides on this box using my spindle sander.

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 05:55 PM

Hello BigRedwood, and welcome to Lumberjocks!

You say you’re new to woodworking, so I’m just going to throw this out there: Just making a box with true 90 degree corners and gap-free joints is harder than it looks. Going straight to advanced techniques like coved sides is pretty ambitious.

Having said that, do you have a router table? There are any number of different profile bits out there, but it’s pretty difficult to make a broad cove like I’ve seen done with a table saw. Have you thought about using crown molding to make your box sides?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 06:06 PM

If you want a narrow cove you can run it over the table saw blade diagonally, you can get any round cove profile you want that way. It’s really fairly simple, I think even a beginner could do it, just take it slow and be careful.


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#7 posted 04-09-2013 06:38 PM

Hi BigRedwood. Your description of what you want to do is a bit vague, but we’re all assuming you mean this:

And not this:

For the top picture, if the cove is greater than about 1” diameter the tablesaw is probably your best option. See this writeup for a good description of the process.

If the bottom picture is what you want, then you could easily do it with a router and a bit like this.

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 11:04 PM

Are you talking about the Charles Neil Bombe box?

It’s good to have ambition.

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 01:41 AM

Thank all for the responses, looks like i chose the right forum! and Rex B is right on target. I didnt mean to be vague. But it looks like it is the table saw for me. I am still gathering my equipment and brain storming. Ill post some rough sketches tomorrow.

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#10 posted 04-10-2013 01:46 AM

Also CharlieM1958, what do you suggest as a nice beginner’s project? i have a few ideas but i am always open to suggestions.

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