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Cutting kerfs to curve wood

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I'm building an oval shaped table and am planning to put a skirt around the bottom side of the table top. I will be cutting out two matching oval plywood forms that the skirt willl attach to as well as provide support for the four legs. I've never built a curved table before, so I was planning to cut saw kerfs on the back side of the skirt material with about 3/16" between kerf cuts and leaving about 3/32" of the face material. Will the kerfs being this close be enough to leave a smooth curve to the finished skirt?

The table is a 36" X 24" oval with the skirt set in about 2 1/2" from the tops edge.
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What are the dimensions of the table? The skirt? What is the skirt made of? How are you planning to "attach" the legs to the plywood forms"
Do you mean to layer a couple of plywood oval duplicates except smaller so that the skirt will have more gluing surface to which to clamp (you'll need a million very long clamps and then they will start disecting and getting in each others' way)?

It's doable probably but not feasable. I'd either use Dave's methid or steam bend it.
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