I confess to knowing nothing about using a trammel. I’ve always understood the concept – but have never used it; until now. I can’t say that I did it correctly, except for the final product – I must have done OK.
I did not have an empty space large enough in my shop so I used my kitchen counter top. (I don’t recommend doing so without permission if you are married.) I did not have a long enough piece of scrap to do the job – so I had to secure two pieces together. Then, of course, I did not want to screw the trammel to the counter top so I used double sided tape to secure a piece of ply that I could secure the pivot to.
The three pieces of paper on the work piece are the pattern pieces from the magazine. (I used copies – the original always stays in one piece.) I used the trammel to draw my curves which connected the three pattern pieces into one large piece. Then it was off to the band saw.
This is the template for my routers.
I have to do some clean up so I don’t have any bumps, etc. that will transmit to my final piece. I’ll clean this up and then make the templates for the legs. I still have a little to finish on my cabinet and then it’s full speed ahead on my rocker.
Thanks for looking.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine