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07-08-2020 02:05 AM

I want to make a headboard with a curved corner with a cove centered in the curve. About 3.5”. How would you go about this with a router table? It needs to be mitered with rest of cove molding. Here’s a terrible drawing-


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#1 posted 07-08-2020 02:05 AM

Pic is sideways

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#2 posted 07-08-2020 02:18 AM

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#3 posted 07-08-2020 04:39 AM

Just cut the curve first, using a template or even a paint can or whatever is the right diameter. Then use a cove bit that has a bearing, and the bearing will ride the curve.

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#4 posted 07-08-2020 09:45 AM

I want the cove in the middle of board. Can’t use bearing.

Was thinking of making a curved fence that was same radius as piece.

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#5 posted 07-08-2020 11:13 AM

Any stock photos on Google images of what you’re thinking? I’m not getting what’s curved…

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#6 posted 07-08-2020 11:57 AM

Not the arch in the middle

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#7 posted 07-08-2020 12:15 PM

CW – that is not a good example: it appears that photo has an upholstered
embellishment with the material held in place with tacks.
can you find something a little more clear and in line with what you want ?
how wide and how deep are you thinking of making the “recessed cove” ?

I have a large “round bottom” (cove) router bit like this that would cut a cove
in the middle of a board. I have no idea of how you would build a jig or modify
a router table in order to achieve the cut inside the corner like you show.
but, it’s a start for those that have a deeper thought process than myself.

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#8 posted 07-08-2020 12:35 PM

You can cut coves on the table saw by running the board sideways across the blade.

Various angles change the profile.

It can be done safely search for some videos.

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#9 posted 07-08-2020 01:26 PM

I think you would actually have better luck with a handheld router, using a bit like John posted, with an elongated baseplate with an adjustable round “fence“ in one side. Something like this(first one googel search came up):
http://powertecproducts.com/71398-universal-router-plate-w-edge-routing-reversible-fence/

I mean maybe if you were really good and slow you could also use a table and a start pin/fulcrum pin, but would definitely practice on a lot of scrap

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#10 posted 07-08-2020 01:41 PM

John, your second pic is the right idea.

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#11 posted 07-08-2020 02:17 PM

Yes – I would create the headboard with all the curves and miters and then make a curved fence from a piece of ply or mdf and use a plunge router run along the fence to make the cove. In a couple if passes.

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#12 posted 07-08-2020 02:31 PM

Cut the corner pieces long,
make a curved fence for the router table, cut the cove,
then miter to fit.
Then apply to headboard.
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Edit:
My first thought was as to what I think dday is saying.
Make the headboard, then make a frame to go around it that you could run your router against, like so,

Which would work, but it would leave your outside edges on the curve with a rounded corner.

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#13 posted 07-08-2020 04:03 PM

Thanks LRM. I was thinking right, just needed some verification. The rounded outside edges wouldn’t work.

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#14 posted 07-09-2020 04:54 AM

Motel 6 might still have this style of head board. Check in and make a template. (:-O)
Looks like a good challenge.

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#15 posted 07-09-2020 10:49 AM



Motel 6 might still have this style of head board. Check in and make a template. (:-O)
Looks like a good challenge.

- James E McIntyre

Ha. Rarely does picking a certain style determine the greatness of a project. You can find “mission” furniture for pennies. Details matter.

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