One of the biggest challenges of this project was how to cut the ends. Why cut the ends? Well, there are 6 pieces of cherry glued together plus 4 pieces of walnut bent to the curve (2 bookmatched pieces on each side). Also the cherry was "thickened" by trimming a couple inches off and flipping it down 180° (bookmatching the ends). This makes the entire table appear 2" thick.
With all these pieces glued together, and the fact that I decided to show the end grain, I needed to trim it after the fact. But the table is 8 1/2' long and >200 lbs. In other words, I can't put it on the table saw. A flush trim router worked but wasn't perfect and I was worried about tear out. So I decided to use my Makita skill saw with a Freud finish blade. And to do this, I needed a dead straight and immovable straight edge to use as the saw guide. That's why this video is so long as you can see all of the components of the jig.
A few noteworthy components: 1/4" plywood on top and bottom to prevent blow out from the saw blade, an aluminum square rod to help apply consistent pressure to the straight edge below it, the Rockler 52" steel straight edge (black, upside down), and a bunch of double-sided duct tape.
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