I was able to get the purpleheart inlay done on the end brackets. To make the curved purpleheart pieces, I used the template for the end brackets to trace a line on a piece of purpleheart then cut it out on the band saw. After sanding to the line on the disc sander, I traced a line 5/16” from the edge and cut that out on the band saw.
I then attached the piece with the inside curve to the movable fence on my drum sanding jig so the curved strip could pass by the sander with a little more stable support.
Once I got it down to 1/4” thickness and it fit in the slots I cut in the end brackets, I ripped it in half on the band saw to make two.
Then I just needed to cut and sand the curves to fit the slots nice and tightly.
Here they are dry fitted.
And after belt sanding them flush.
Now I turned my attention to the edge banding on the top. The curve for the front was formed a little on the long side so I could sneak up on the final cut to make it fit just right. First I had to get it close to fitting so I simply clamped it in place on one end and bent it up tight on the other to make pencil marks.
There was a little more spring back on that front edge banding than I expected, but it’s still thin enough that it shouldn’t pose a problem when gluing it onto the top.
I was able to use the same gluing form I used to laminate the two edge pieces after trimming it’s length a little. Even though the curve was a tighter radius, enough clamp pressure drew the MDF form in to create a good clamping caul for the edging.
After this dries overnight, I can start adding more edging to the rest of the front and the ends of the top. Now I have a bunch of sanding to take care of so I can see about finally doing some assembly!