Suggestions for fabricating a matched bottom shelf for antique mirror

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Forum topic by GeoffR posted 06-24-2009 02:46 AM 986 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2009 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mirror shelf mahogany router jig question

Dear Friends,

I have purchased this cool old mahogany mirror/shelf kinda thing that I want to use over a powder room vanity. I would like to make a shelf for the bottom that is appropriately radiused and profiled from a mahogany board that I have purchased.

I need some help on how to set this up on the router table. Simplest is to trace the outline, rough cut on the bandsaw and then freehand profile on the router table, but I am concerned about a clean result. Any ideas for jigs or other techniques to get this radius?

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#1 posted 06-24-2009 03:41 AM

Make a template out of 1/4” masonite, luan, etc. Then, when you get it perfect, trace it on to the mahogany, rough it out on the band saw, attach the template to the mahogany and finish it with a template bit in the router.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#2 posted 06-24-2009 03:53 AM

I agree with Steve pattern route it. Just make sure your pattern is smooth as possible because the router bearing will repeat any flaws. and I prefer at least 1/2” material for patterns.

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#3 posted 06-27-2009 08:23 PM

Many thanks for the suggestions. I will follow these instructions and post result.


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