Crescent moon table top- How would you do it?

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Forum topic by semi75 posted 09-24-2013 01:42 AM 1242 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2013 01:42 AM

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I’m working on a walnut sculpted side table and I really want to add a piece of spalted maple in the shape of a crescent moon in the table top. The main portion of the table top. I’ve considered a few different ways of doing this and they all have issues. If you have ever read the Bandsaw Book, there is a picture of a half moon table I got the idea from.

1 The easiest way to cut the shape seems to be a circle jig to cut a round template. Move the jig a few inches and then cut a different arc making a crescent moon shape. I could then use the templates to route out the shapes. It seems to me gluing it would be a bear but there would be little waste.

2 Make two panels, one walnut the other maple and stick them together using double sided tape. Trace the shape of the top and the inside arc and cut as close as possible to the inside arc with a wide bandsaw blade and then glue it up. Then use the circle cutter jig to cut out the round top.

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 08:50 PM

It sounds like to me by the way you’re describing it, option #1 would be the way to go. It could be a little difficult gluing, but certainly wouldn’t fall apart if you did happen to have any small voids under the maple. If you left the maple inlay just a hair thick than the depth of cut into the walnut you could get good force pushing down on it too and it should sand out nice and flush with a little patience.

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 07:46 PM

Obviously I made the wrong choice lol. Any ideas?
I made a template of the inside of the moon and used a flush bearing bit in my router table to flush trim. That part worked well. I then traced the pattern from the first arc onto the walnut and rough cut it on the bandsaw. That’s where I realized I made an error. I had it in my head I could simply flip the template and flush trim to it. How on earth can I duplicate the opposing side exactly so I can glue them together and then cut out the circle with a circle jig?

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