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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 07-17-2009 11:16 PM 3065 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 1st pie crust tilt top table #5

Were we left off in #4 was we had drawn out the pattern for our pie crust outside edge . after that we are back at the band saw or you can use a jig saw and cut out the pattern we made. This is a very important part of the process so you have to take the time to make the outside edge as perfect as possible. If you have a spindle sander it speeds things along ,if not you can use rasp, files, sanding drum kits (the kind you can put in your drill press or drill any thing that will leave the out side edge smooth and flawless.

Here’s my pattern again

Now that we have our pattern made it’s time to put it to use.
Remember those marks we made on the edge on ever other line of the large circle pattern this is were they come into play.

Photobucket You take you pattern and use it’s center line and place it on those lines one at a time you route your outside pattern using a top bearing flush cut router bit this time and making sure you have screwed the
Top pattern down with 2 screws

Here’s a top bearing flush cut router bit

Here’s how the routing goes

After you have smoothed the out side edge an eliminated any defects
It’s time for the second 20×20” you make copy of the first pattern this is done buy placing the first pattern over the second one and using a flush cut router similar to what you did on the first pattern to make it round It is necessary to move the pattern back on the second piece of melamine . you would think that you just move the hole so you can continue but the pattern changes as it goes towards the center so you have to move it, You now remove about 1” from the front of the newest pattern This may very depending on what router bit your using for the second part of our pie crust pattern.
Removing the 1” or ? is done buy using a rabbiting bit and trimming off a ½” twice.
Such an easy way to trim the front to size as stupid as that sounds. .Thanks you Charles.

If I may add here If I had to fugue this out it might have taken a dozen tries to first figure that the pattern changed and then

Here’s a what the second pattern looks like over the large round main test pattern


In #6 we will start are routing with are second pattern

Link to Charles Neil “The Magic of Routers
were I got this whole process from

Links to my pie crust table blogs











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#1 posted 07-17-2009 11:32 PM

Jim, this is looking pretty good and you have documented the process well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 11:36 PM

A second pattern?? Being that I’ve never seen a pie crust table I’ll be very interested to see how the second pattern comes into play. Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. Keep up the great blog!

-- Justin

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 11:44 PM

looks good to me!

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Don K.

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#4 posted 07-18-2009 12:19 AM

keep them coming Jim !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 07-18-2009 01:09 AM

Jim WOW I just found this and it looks awesome how did you come up with this.

-- David '65

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#6 posted 07-18-2009 01:22 AM

Hey David
This I saw on a DVD that Charles Neil has It’s called “the Magic of Routers” This is not the only great thing in this set of Videos by Charles there are many more techiques in this and many other areas he covers. check out his stuff his a great guy.


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#7 posted 07-18-2009 01:40 AM

Come on Jim. Let’s get back to work….................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 02:20 AM

Aren’t router jigs amazing!! Great post Jim!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 08-24-2009 09:46 PM

I see it now Jim and I retract the question I asked earlier.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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