How can I cut curve in beech counter without bandsaw

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05-23-2014 03:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question counter top beech curves jigsaw router

I have 2 islands in my kitchen that I am planning on replacing the tops with the Ikea beech counter tops

On both tops I want to cut a gentle curve along one side and round the corners on one of them.

I don’t have a band saw or drum sander.

I was toying with the idea of trying to use my jigsaw and if the cut wasn’t smooth enough, try to make a template out of hardboard and get a large enough flush trim bit for my router. I don’t have a router table either so it would be a handheld job.

Any other thoughts? I just want to do my best to not have to throw away either top because I didn’t plan it out correctly.


-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 03:07 PM

Your plan would work. I doubt you’ll be able to get by with a jig saw cut- unless you’re a lot better than most.
Spiral flush bits will probably work best to control tearout on the endgrain too.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 03:08 PM

Your idea with the jigsaw, template and router. A 6’X3’piece of countertop would be extremely difficult to move thru a band saw or router table.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 03:34 PM

Use your router with a trammel arm with a straight bit. Or use your router with a straight bit and, bushing, with a template out of MDF. Take small bites don’t try to cut all the way through in one shot.

-- A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move a body

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 03:57 PM

As long as it’s an outside (convex) curve you can cut it roughly with a circular saw, taking small straight cuts that go off at a tangent to points along the curve you’ve drawn. And then clean it up with a router as suggested by higtron (or a spokeshave or rasps, for that matter).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 03:58 PM

I would use a router as it will give you better results than a jig saw on thick material. Trammel or template, your choice!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 04:01 PM

You didn’t say what brand or model jigsaw you have, but use the best bit you can get for it. . I like Bosch blades as they rate them for very specific jobs and finish quality to expect. Go slow. Set the orbiting action of your saw to minimum, if you have this feature. It will cut slower but minimize tear out.

Smoothing with a router is a sound idea.

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 06:52 PM

Thanks for all the tips

I think I will take some big chunks off with the circular saw so I don’t have all that weight hanging on there while cutting the curve closer with the jigsaw. I will then follow it up with the router.

Now I just need to decide if I am going to use a trammel or a template. I’m thinking getting the smooth curve I want will be easier with a trammel since I would need to get the template smooth somehow anyway.

Great stuff guys, Thanks!

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 05-23-2014 09:38 PM

I would use a jig saw with a 24 tooth blade to carefully cut the curve; then finish by hand sanding with a wood block. I use 24 tooth Bosch blades with no tear out, even on plywood.

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