Cutting cove in board using a featherboard and jig

As we pointed out in part one of this overview, getting set up and cutting near-perfect coves can be an easy, frustration-free procedure - especially if you have a reliable cove cutting jig.

But while the general concept and process of coving on a table saw is easy to get your mind around, what's happening geometrically is a little more complex than you might first guess. So, to make matters more clear, here's a little more on what's actually happening when you cut coves on a table saw, and how set up for exactly what you want:

Decorative cove cut on a dresser top

The ability to coves on a table saw can add significantly to your woodworking versatility. Done correctly, it's a safe and fairly straightforward technique. But, as a final thought, we need to add that it's not wise to jump in until you have a firm grasp on the procedure. Before you try it, make sure you understand the entire process, and as always, if you're uncomfortable with any part of the procedure, take the time to study up, re-read your jig instructions, or ask some who's got the technique down.