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post #1 of 10 Old 06-12-2012, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on alternatives to router for curved edge forming

Hi, I hope its okay to ask advice here.

I'm planning a project which involves forming a curved edge. Im thinking i'd use a template and cut round it with a router to form the edge just right.

I don't have a router at the moment but i'm wondering what other alternatives there might be for doing this. Could I set up a planer to do this instead? I've only really seen planers forming straight edges.

Perhaps a chisel followed by sanding would work but that would take a long time. I intend to use a jigsaw to remove the majority of material so we're only talking about taking perhaps half a centimer of material away, on a 4 cm thick hardwood edge.

I know I router is probably fastest but im not a huge fan of noisy power tools, plus they cost a fair bit,

Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
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What exactly is the project, and could you describe in detail more about the curved edge?







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Hi, thank you.

I'd like to make part for an instrument. The curve is like an extremely gentle S shape, roughly 60cm long, 3cm wide, 4 deep. Maple would be the wood type.

I'm guessing a convex curve wouldnt be too much of a problem. Maybe you could combine saw, rasp, file. For the concave curve however you would be restricted from running a rasp or file along the woods edge.

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What part of what instrument? I would suggest cutting rough on a bandsaw, then shaping using a spokeshave, rasp, files and sandpaper.

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It will work as a supporting pillar of a lyre. So the easiest similar thing I can compare it to is the sides of a picture frame.

I should say the edge is vertical the curve is horizontal. Hand tools sound plausible but i'm a little concerned about whether I'll be able to achieve a perfectly vertical edge.
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Sounds like the perfect time to buy a router! The purchase, gets "justified" with the first use.
If you haven't used a router, you will discover that it can turn a home made project, into a masterpiece. Well.... at least make a great improvement!
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The work would be easier with a router. You could and should wear ear muffs for the noise. You can however make the cut with a sabre saw and sand the edge. You just wouldn't be able to make a decorative profile on the edge without the router.
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Thank you, I guess ultimately the router can probably get the job done best and fastest and has a lot of extra applications also.
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If you don't like noise and a band saw is too noisy then look at a hand saw like a coping saw, a spokeshave and a lot of sandpaper
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The noise becomes a non issue if you wear a good set of ear protectors. A router is by far the easiest and quickest way to make any kind of edge profile. However, spoke shaves, rasps, and sand paper where in use for centuries before routers were invented.

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