Question about a kind of cut and how to do it

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04-26-2017 12:41 PM

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I wasn’t certain which topic this should be under, so I figured coffee lounge would be a good starting point. If I am in the wrong place let me know and I’ll post it there. Thanks in advance for your understanding, now on to the question.

Can anyone tell me how to make a recessed beveled graduated cut into a face board, and what is the name of the cut?

I have a set of drawers I built in my shop bench. The drawers are box joints that sit flush to the drawer cabinet. Then there is a face board glued to the front of the drawer to cover the drawer and cabinet boards. Since the face is flush to the bench I don’t want to use handles. I want to make a half round beveled cut that recesses to 3/8 in on the diameter line. Then it would need a recess up inside above the equator.

When you view it from the front it would look like a half circle the is beveled but when you reached up under the straight line your fingertips would recess into the face slightly allowing you to pull the drawer open.

I can’t even search this topic because I don’t know what to call it.

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 01:46 PM

If I understand you correctly, you’re trying to make a type of finger pull that was somewhat popular in the early to mid-’90s, somewhat like this:

Basically, it can me made with a specialised router bit as shown above, or with a table saw jig, as below:

By varying the depth of the saw blade, the angle the jig feed the wood and the saw’s blade angle, you can achieve something pretty close to what you want.

FWIW, I started my search from memory (for a table saw cove jig) and proceeded to find asymmetric cove jigs, like this one. There are also some “calculators” to get you approximate angles to start, but the best tip I’ve heard of is just to sight it on the saw, like so:

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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