Greene inspired Night Stand #6: Templates and Cloudlifts

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 02-17-2008 03:56 AM 2559 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night I made the master template. I have been thinking for a long time about how to do this. I thought I would need to chuck up the drum sander on my RAS but it turned out to be much easier than that. I started out with two pieces of hardboard the same width and length as the front lower stretcher. I could have chosen any rail. That was a random decision. I didn’t have the camera last night so here is a little after the fact photography.

I marked the first hardboard piece using my sketchup model as a reference. All of the cloudlifts on this project are 3/8” deep but the length and direction varies.

Marking the Master Template

I marked a 3/8” line with my marking gauge along the hardboard then made another line where the center of the cloudlift will be. I drew a “fair” curve there with a pencil.

Cutting the 3/8

I set up the fence 3/8” from the router bit. The bearing is above the work so it doesn’t touch. Then, starting from the left, I routed the dip out til I got to where the lift starts.

Shaping the lift

When I got to the fair curve I lifted the right side from the fence still moving left to right and trying to follow the curve. It worked! I was very happy with the appearance of it. I didn’t need to fiddle with it at all. Yipeeeee!

I don’t have a picture of the next step but here is the idea. Now that I had defined my lift. I needed to get it’s mirror image on the other side of the hardboard. To do that I carpet taped the piece I had just shaped to the second piece I started with. Then I duplicated it. This left me with two pieces that had only one fair curve. Next, I simply flipped them, re-duplicated them and that completed the master. The rest of the pieces were made by taping the master in various positions on more pieces of hardboard. Here are various shots of that operation.

The rectangle is where the waste will be removed.

Lining up

Line up the mark from the master with the one on the part you are making. Tape them together and rout one side. Then do the other.

Bottom Lift

Here is the bottom cloudlift. Just flip the master.

Finished Templates

Here are all the finished templates.

Cloudlifts done

And here are the finished rails dry fitted.

Thats enough for today. I think I’ll have a beer. I deserve it <o>

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 02-17-2008 04:01 AM

Great job on your templates!

The project is turning out pretty good from what I can see.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-17-2008 05:06 AM


This is ingenuity at its best. You were presented with a problem and used your God given abilities to resolve the situation.

I agree with Gary that the project is looking good.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-17-2008 06:24 AM

Great job, I hope to be able to do work like that someday

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 02-17-2008 07:54 AM

Looking good Scott! Great step forward in this project – really brings out the true form that you’re after…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 02-17-2008 09:00 AM

I really enjoy watching this one. Looks great so far.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 02-17-2008 04:06 PM

It’s great that you nailed the curve on the first try. I’ve tried several times to draw a cloud lift & have never been happy with the look. Once I figure it out I want to try some G&G inspired pieces. Keep the reports comming, you inspire lots of us!


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#7 posted 04-09-2008 04:02 AM

I’m going to have to reread this a few times, what a great solution…...!


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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