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stopthenrewind

02:37PM | 08/12/08
Member Since: 08/11/08
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I have a blue-print of a bookcase I'm building, I'm new to woodworking completely. I got the router down, I've practiced routing all the routing jobs I'll need to do. However, in the instructions I'm suppose to cut a cove in thick board to make a molding type piece for the top. It gives directions on how to do it using a table saw but I do not understand what they are telling me to do in the slightest! If anyone thinks they can help me it'd be greatly appreciated. I start school again on the 25th. I'm a nuclear engineer so I stay very busy during school, I'm trying to accomplish this project before my break ends. I'm hoping to pick up carpentry as a hobby, I enjoy it-when I know what I'm doing!

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bobsbuddy

05:22PM | 08/12/08
Member Since: 06/24/07
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What you do is establish a temporary fence that is NOT parallel to the saw blade. So your stock is passing over the blade at an angle. The saw is raised in small steps and scoops out the cove. You determine the angle by raising the blade to the depth of the cove then using parallel boards, set the angle by the width of the cove.

If you want to get really tricky, you also tilt the blade. This gives you an elliptical cove instead of a circular one.

I realize this sounds complicated, but just about any "Table Saw Book" will have an illustrated procedure.

stopthenrewind

06:56PM | 08/12/08
Member Since: 08/11/08
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sounds tricky indeed. It is something like the illustration shown in my blue print. I may somewhat understand. I think I will look for table saw books with this information for additional help. Would you mind me emailing you the plans and you explaining the illustration to me?

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bobsbuddy

06:29PM | 08/14/08
Member Since: 06/24/07
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http://books.google.com/books?id=4aV9v_9iUrIC&pg=PA91&lpg=PA91&dq=cutting+coves+on+table+saw&source=web&ots=pPP4vem90l&sig=DIwIZlAbS5m-17_pxzDQL1-WPFE&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result#PPA93,M1
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