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Cabinetmaker Forum Date: 2008-04-08

Cutting waste on radius work

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Cutting waste on radius work Custom Millwork & Display, located in South Bend, Ind., recently did a cherry project with several profiles of radius trim. To cut down on waste the shop used finger jointed, segmented glue-ups, which it then trimmed to the finished radius on the CNC. To make the glue-ups go quickly, they cut small saw kerfs an inch in from the joint and used spring clamps with the protective ends removed to hold the joint while the glue was drying. Placing a 5 x 8 sheet of melamine over the workbench increased the layout area and kept the glue from sticking to the table. One person was able to remove clamps from a prior glue-up, and complete a new glue-up in 3 minutes. The trim joints are strong and almost invisible when the trim is finished.

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See All Videos > When doing radius trim joining together straight pieces of wood with fingerjoints and glue and then cutting the final radius reduces waste. A single piece of wood can be used to make a lot of trim with this method.

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Updated: Apr 07, 2008 This article appeared in ShopTips, April 2008. ©Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved.

5/14/2008 6:39 AM


A tip we had published in Cabinet Maker Magazine!