I'm going to be building a small pedestal table. the top is going to be
about 14" across. I want to round it, plane it, then i want to rout out the
material in the middle, just leaving a 1/2" bead all the way around the
outside. Now I've never done this before, so if someone could point me in
the right direction i'd be appreciatve. I would do a google, but i'm not
sure what to search for. :)
Here's a start:
I was just reading about routing circles in a router book and it recommends
attaching the whole thing to scrap wood using double-sided tape. That way,
when you cut through the table top with the router, it won't move.
thanks, but thats not exactly what I want to do.
I want to keep a 1/2" lip around the edge, about 1/4" higher than the rest
of the tabletop. I can round it no problem, just wondering how I would
hollow out the tabletop itself.
Hope that cleared it up
This sounds like part of the procedure for making a pie crust table.
On those, the table is really large, maybe 3 or 4 feet in diameter.
The center is hollowed out as you describe, then the rim is carved.
Fine Woodworking has published stories about doing this. Perhaps they
have an article you could buy or maybe the procedure is described in
one of their books.
If I were doing it, I'd use a plunger router with a long clear base
and a plunging straight bit. First thing would be to use that base as
a trammel and cut the rim, rotating the base about the table center.
After that, just use that straight bit to remove the center of your
table. After you've unhooked it from the table center of course.
good idea. heres how I was thinking about it. Bear with me. :) .
use a plunge router, start in the very middle, and work my way towards the
outer edge with circular cuts. That way the router is always supported on
something, and doesnt go too deep. Then once i get close enough to my line,
stop, and finish it off with a shrap chisel..
That sound like the way to go?
I think I would start with the router on a circle cutting jig and define the
outside of the table top. Then I would move the router in 1/2 inch and
move the bit up to take the 1/4 inch bite to define the inside of the lip.
Then you can detach the router from the jig and free hand from there if you
like. I think I would just keep moving the router in on the jig by the
width of the bit until I reached the limit of the jig. The last bit of wood
in the center would be easy enough to clean up with planes, chisels,
sandpaper, scraper, etc.
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