Cutting a Stopped

Trestle Table Base

A band saw is great for cutting curves or arcs. So naturally, this is the tool I turned to when it came time to cut the arc on the base of the mantel clock. But if you take a look at the photo at right, you'll notice that there is a shoulder at each end of the arc. This makes cutting the arc a little bit more challenging. To do this, I start by cutting the shoulders of the arc on the table saw. Raise the blade just high enough to establish the shoulder. You can use the fence as a stop, as shown...