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post #1 of 4 Old 01-14-2018, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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How would you do this?

The rails and stiles for the door of a reproduction OG clock will be made of fir. The image attached is measured from the original (c. 1850).


The rabbets hold glass on one side, and allow the frame to lap over the opening on the other. The top (concave) surface is veneered, and the grain of the veneer runs perpendicular to the grain of the door frame.


I figured the first part to cut is the concave surface (top). If I do that on the face of a 3/8" board (just at the edge), then I can use the table saw to make the rabbets, then cut the completed piece free. A 1/16th" veneer will give me the final dimension.


But about that cove??


My first thought was to run a piece on an angle across the table saw. But this is small, safety is a concern.
Next thought was a router, but I don't know of a bit with the right countour.
Latest thought was a Stanley 45 (I've never used mine). I would need to make a cutter for it, and the ones I have look hard to copy.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-14-2018, 05:46 PM
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Running the cove on the table saw is doable if its done first before any lengths are cut out. Clamp your guides and use a pushblock or two. Get the rabbets cut after then you can cut to length.
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Cutting coves on a table saw is actually quite easy and safe if you do a proper set up, once you have the guides in place it may be easier to creep up on the final size than making one deeper cut. If it makes you more comfortable use a wider and thicker board and rip it to size after the cove is cut.

There are many tutorials on this and you can either buy or make the jig, simple web search will tell you all you need to know.
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I might try and run that part on the radial arm saw. Bring the cutting head out and lock it in place outside the fence. Then rotate it part way so that you can get your 1/16" depth in the 7/8" width. Make a fence set to push the work between and you can include a hold down at each end. You would be running the part past the blade at an angle and that will allow you to get the 1/16" of depth over 7/8".
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