I'm looking for a site showing how to rout an oval. No luck so far. I'm
regluing a warped round butcher block table top. After the rip cuts are made it
will be changed to an oval. Any diy sites hiding?
If you mean you want to route the edge after you've cut the top, that's
one thing. To do that you cut the oval first, then use a router bit with
a bearing that will run along the edge while the bit cuts the profile
you want. If you're planning on using the router to trim the table to an
oval, that's going to be tougher. You'd probably have to make a template
the bearing on the bit could ride on to cut the top to the oval shape in
several passes as butcher block is usually thick. You would cut your
oval in MDF, and sand the edges smooth. Then attach that template to the
butcher block and use a straight cutting bit with a bearing set so the
bearing runs against the template. You could fasten the template to the
bottom of the BB top with some drywall screws since you wouldn't see
that side, then cut your top slowly keeping the bit against the
template. I'm assuming that you wouldn't be taking huge amounts of wood
off the top.
Here's an idea
I've seen various plans for DIY oval jigs over the years. If you're near a
decent bookstore or library check out some the of router books and
The easy and inexpensive way: draw the oval on a piece of 1/4"
plywood and cut it out - I'd use a bandsaw to cut it slightly
oversize and a sander to trim it to the line.
Clamp this template to your top and rout it to shape - perhaps
routing one side, then "leapfrogging" the clamps and routing the
You can construct an oval template using a pencil, two push pins
and a string loop. Push the two pins into the long centerline of
the oval, put the string loop around them, and pull the string
snug with the pencil point. With the string snugged by the
pencil, draw the largest shape you can around the pins.
You can find useful info on spacing the pins and string length
with a Google search on "ellipse major minor pin string".
I will make a 1/4 template and flip, flop, flip to complete the cuts with a
pattern bit. I'll use the pin & string to layout the oval and template.
There are 24 boards in the top; 3" to ripping and another inch to jointing
resquaring the top to flat. It won't be a drastic elipse.
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