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I decided to test out the new saw and cut some cove. Until now I had never done it before. Very cool stuff. Then I decided to test myself. It might look simple but I had to come up with some new jigs and do some thinking on this one. The miters are compound angles to give the cove a bigger sweep. I did a 45 degree bevel and set the fence at 45 degrees for the cove. the hardest and longest part was cutting the splines flush with the box. Lots of hand work. I didn't have a plan in my head for this it just evolved on its own.

The box is sanded to 60 grit so far. I'm going to shape the handle a little more and call it done. Just finish the sanding and get the wipe on ready. Can't wait to see the color come out

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Thanks guys!

Ken, I was gonna finish it today but my wood just got delivered so I'm going to need to organize the shop a little before this box gets any color. Hopefully this weekend

Very cool and creative. How did you get the splines so precise on those curved edges?
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I cut the splines in after I glued up the box. I just eyeballed some lines on one corner and ran it threw the table saw (carefully) on a little sled.

You're just having way too much fun! You are taking box making to a new level.

Bret
Too much fun indeed! Since the jointer arrived I am turning into a freak. I really don't want to come out of the shop at all.

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this is a work of art - great job - it really "flows"

did you cove with the table saw? I know you would need a special jig for that - but what about the blade - as you pushing wood across on an angle does it need to have a special teeth configuration or is a specific blade better than others?
 

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did you cove with the table saw? I know you would need a special jig for that - but what about the blade - as you pushing wood across on an angle does it need to have a special teeth configuration or is a specific blade better than others?
This was my setup for the cove. The wide pieces of birch ply used to be my straight edge for my router edge jointing setup. It wasn't a very good setup. But it worked well for this. As far as blades go.........I don't know. I took my good blade off and put the 40 tooth blade that Grizzly sent me with the saw. I wasn't sure what to expect. But I wasn't gonna use my 100 dollar blade. Hopefully some one with more experience will chime in on what the best blades to use for cove are. With all the angles and potential coves that can be created it would seem to me that one blade might work better for a certain angle then another. I wasn't expecting a perfect cut and knew I was going to have to do some sanding. However I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth the cutting went. You would think that it would burn the wood. But no, it cut very smooth. I can't remember how many passes I took but it was alot. I was only cutting about a 1/16th off at a time. I skimmed the last pass very slowly hoping to get a smoother result. Still had to sand though. Quite a bit.

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the cove looks awsome. i havn't done this yet for myself.... i did however used my ts to cut some curves for my console. my bandsaw blade kept flying off and i couldn't figure why. i resorted to cutting sideways free hand on the ts. next time i will stop and figure things out. the ts isn't a bandsaw....lol.

are you doing anything shpecial with the inside of this one?
 

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Thanks guys! I'm working on another one right now. Same cove profile but I flipped it upside down so the sweep is different. I made this one in walnut. I'll use maple for the splines.

are you doing anything shpecial with the inside of this one?
These are pretty small boxes. Kinda for decoration more or less. I hadn't really thought about what could be done on the inside. I did have an idea to give them as gifts to my family and fill them with sand from Long Beach Island. This was our favorite vacation spot growing up and we all moved away from each other and none of us are close to the shore anymore. Aside from that I got nothing. Any ideas? I'm sure if I think about it I can come up with something

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stack laminated curved table saw cove molding

That's a mouthful.

The first photo shows my very rudimentary jig. If you look real close you will see that I patched where I had a curve cut out in the jig fence. I also had to raise the fence off the table so the top of the molding could rub against the fence. I had to patch the curve for the straight side pieces.

The second photo shows the molding in place on the curved front cabinet. For an extra challenge I set the entire shop on its side and had to work wearing anti-gravity boots.

The third photo shows a cove bonnet I did a while back using table saw cove.

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Very nice.

Try a dado head,tilted........you have to experiment with the specific degree.It seems to change depending on the angle that the stock is run at.BW
 

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Bret, those are REALLY awesome.


Dado blade....... That would allow you to also make smaller cove, right? I have an 8 inch. I'm going to have to try that. Thanks, BW

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Very nice looking box! :thumbsup:
Cutting coves on the TS takes a lot of trial and error. On Matthias Wandel´s homepage there is a Cove Cutting Calculator that reduces a lot of the guesswork.
 

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Nice work. I was also surprised how easy it was to cut a cove on the ts the first time. Also, if I was doing a cove were I needed a smaller blade I would use my circular saw blade in the ts, not the blade from my dado stack.
 

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Some one mentioned a lot of sanding on the table saw coves. Try using a curved scraper. That's what I've been using and it eliminates almost all the sanding. Sanding is not my favorite thing either.

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