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A short video of cutting a cove in a box. It's really quite simple..... Thanks for looking

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Comment by John W. Nixon on June 3, 2009 at 7:44pm
That's a really nice effect Ed. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Comment by Ed S. on June 2, 2009 at 5:56am
Tonight, I got to the point where I was going to cut coves in the top & the bottom of a box that I have going on.... I know that before I've done a cove, I was curious as heck as how it worked. So, I figured I'd do a mini "what I did" sort of thing for anybody who is interested.

I did most of the grunt work on the box over the weekend. Made the box, lids, glued all together.... sanded a little and was ready to do the cove cuts tonight.

Not sure if it's the right way, but...it's how I do 'em....

First, I wanted the cove to be 1/2" at it's deepest point at 1-1/2" wide. You first cut a miter in a sacraficial fence, raise the blade to 1/2". Using your miter gauge, cut a kerf through the sacraficial fence.

Then, measure 1-1/2" from where the right hand corner of the blade breaks the plane of the table. Clamp the fence in place.


Then lower the blade to 1/16" and start your cuts. One side at a time - both top & bottom.

Keep on going up in 1/16" increments until you reach the mark that you previously made on the side, 1/2".


This works very well - but leaves some nasty saw marks that need to be sanded out.... I use a Forrest WWII 40 tooth alternating bevel blade on this cut.


About an hours worth of sanding with 120..... here is the result of my hour and half worth of work for the night......


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