I'm wanting to build a display case like the one pictured, however I'm not sure how the 'ledge' at the top of the bevel is done.

I initially thought it would be router with chamfer bit and maybe table saw to do the notched ledge... Or it could be a router bit with an odd shape?

I can't quite get my head around it.

I have a jobsite tablesaw that I'm pretty new to, but I do also have my router.

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There are many different ways to get that profile, not One True Way.

  • Could all be done with a tablesaw
  • Could all be done with a shaper or router bit in one pass (faster to do, but more expensive and less generally useful)
  • Could all the done with two different router/shaper bits (slower to do, but more genererally useful)
  • Could all be done with hand planes.

None is more valid than another, one generally picks the method to suit the tools one has, unless following the siren song of suiting the tool you want an excuse to buy.

  • What kind of router bit would one need to get such a profile?
    – physicsboy
    Jan 31 at 13:02
  • A 45 and a straight cutter (or rabbet cutter, depending which direction you attack from) using some sort of fence or bearing - router table most conventionally (and probably more safely.) Freehand with bearings could be done with the right bits and bearings. Might want to cut the rabbet first, depending on your bit selection. A big lock mitre bit that you only use the nose and tongue section of, with the tongue section cutting the rabbet.
    – Ecnerwal
    Jan 31 at 13:46
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    @AloysiusDefenestrate I just got my jobsite saw and don't want to lose my fingers just yet XD
    – physicsboy
    Jan 31 at 14:47
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    Yes, this exactly!
    – Graphus
    Feb 1 at 7:49
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    @physicsboy, as a useful mindset thing for the future when you see a profile that you've never seen before (especially an old one) it is best not to think router bit but instead a combination of cuts/milling operations done in a specific sequence. It's extremely common for atypical or unusual profiles (or historical profiles being recreated) to be done this way, with a combo of basic cuts and/or router passes. Note that the sequence can be important (order of operations) to achieving a given end result as if you do cut B or C first it may make cut A impossible or much more difficult. [contd]
    – Graphus
    Feb 1 at 7:58

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