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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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I don't think so. I've only done one curved project and what I did was to take the peice that I wanted to curve and rip it with a bandsaw into several thin strips. You then take the thin strips and glue them back together bending them around a jig with plenty of clamps holding it in place. If you only kerf the back it will snap at one of the kerfs. I would practice on a 3 or 4 foot peice of scrap to get the process down before trying it on the real thing.

Edit: Another problem with just kerfing it is the wood where it is not kerfed will remain rigid and put more stress on the kerfed portion. I hope this makes sense.
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