Trestle Table #34: Cut Table Top's Curve with Jigsaw

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-06-2016 01:25 AM 973 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a very busy day today outside of my workshop. After coming back home from important family business, I decided to purchase some new jigsaw blades. I had run test cuts on some scrap pieces of wood. I determined that I needed at least two types of blades and these were dedicated for cutting hardwoods. I bought two different sets of blades from my local big box store. When I got them home I performed another test in order to verify its results

I selected the Bosch T101BF blade labeled as clean for hardwood to use on my table top. I darkened my curved pencil line by using my thin bending board strip by placing the thin strip between two squeezy clamps and using my carpenter’s pencil to redraw the curve.

From this I clamped down the table top to my assembly table and then carefully cut the curve with my Bosch jigsaw.

I got a decent curved cut.

Tomorrow I will use my low angle block plane to smooth out the curved cut. I can do this by pressing down its toe on the convex curve. Using this method I can get a good curved plane cut.

-- --- Happy Howie

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