It's not that bad Bob. It's a technique. I've done on table saws, radial arm saws, router tables.
Doing on a table saw... It's quick. It's easy. It's plain. You get a straight type cut. To me, that's just a step above a shaker door. I've done symmetric and asymmetric eliptical coves, but that alone is still plain.
When I'm doing restoration, if a bit or shaper cutter blade isn't available in that profile, then I'll do it on a table saw or RAS... but it takes me 3 to 4 setups/cuts on each edge to replicate the profile. Each one of those setups, if you're doing a cove cut, you have to go at about 1/4" each pass, with 1/32" on the last pass. Some of that profile might be with a bevel using a dado.
Same on my RAS. If the piece is smaller than 22", I'd rather do it on the RAS than a TS. Time and effort between tooilng steps is shorter and I can see right were each tooling setup needs to begin to blend together where the last setup ended. I have the choice of doing with a blade, dado or use router bits at beveled angles. Using router bits on an RAS still takes me 3-4 setups to replicate a profile with depth adjustments 1/4 at a time.
There's more sanding to do to get the saw marks out. I don't care what kind of blade you use, pushing sideways on a TS blade leaves tooling marks. Because of this, I found that if I use a sharp courser blade, 24 to 40 tooth, then things go faster, I don't burn the blade or work, and the results are the same quality wise. There still is more to sand to get to where a router bit or shaper blade would leave it. When doing restorations, I have to sand to clean up the tooling setup step transitions to make those separate steps into a one seamless profile.
So the comment on a table saw being easier and safer than a router table for making raised panels? Experience tells me that a router table or shaper is easier and more profiles are available. You can get more detailed and elaborate doing raised panels on a router table. You don't need to balance a panel on edge with a jig straddling the fence... Etc.
Don't get me wrong, I'm always entertained by a challenge and I love working on one of my table saws with assorted jigs, but doing raised panels on a TS for me is an alternate backup kind of thing. Sort of to the tune of: "If I have to, I can... " (But maybe not my first choice.)
"Don't worry, I saw this work in a cartoon once."
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 08-21-2012 at 11:56 AM.