I made two six-sided enclosed end tables for our home and wanted a decorative feature on each table's two doors. I wanted to use molding to make a raised design. The photo shows the top portion of the design. The smaller radius molding was done on a lathe. But, the larger piece of molding has a radius of 8 inches, and my lathe cannot handle a faceplate almost 17 inches in diameter. Bending straight molding after steaming it was a possibility, but with complications I wanted to avoid. I found a way to make the larger radius curved molding I needed on my radial arm saw.
Step 1: A Few Accessories
One of the handiest things I have for my radial arm saw is an auxiliary table to raise work about 4 inches above the regular table surface. I use this auxiliary table to hold things I want to drill with the spindle on the rear end of the motor.
Also shown in the photo is a set of molding head cutters. You can see the knife I used for the curved molding on my end tables. It is called a clover leaf and screen mold pattern.