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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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24" is pretty tight to bend a kerfed piece around. I think your best bet is a laminated skirt.
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