I once had to cut a similar piece for an oak mantle I was building -
laid out the arc with a flexible batten, then cut it with a jig sa
(and a new blade). Then, cleaned it up using an orbital sander unti
it looked right.
I'm getting ready to build another similar mantle (this time for my ow
home) and will probably use the same technique. If this is somethin
that you will be reproducing in the future, you may want to conside
making a template from 1/4 inch hardboard. Just make sure that yo
pre-cut the arc to within 1/8" to 1/16" of the line with your jig saw
then finish it off with a pattern cutting bit (bearing on top) in you
Regardless of how you finish your cut, make sure that you are using
good blade in your jigsaw
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