|Project by DaveJ||posted 09-07-2014 11:03 PM||1236 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
Dresser and headboard for our daughter. Maple and African mahogany.
These pieces have several curves – along the top of the headboard, the front edge of the dresser top, the dresser sides, and the bottom edges of the dresser front and sides.
These curves were made using a template – just trace the template onto the stock, rough cut with a bandsaw, attach (screw or clamp) the template to the stock, then finish the cut with a flush trim router bit. So the key to a nice curve is getting a well-formed curved template.
In the comment to my Dressing Table project, I described how I made the curved templates for that project, and included references to a Fine Woodworking article and video from which I learned the approach.
For the dresser and headboard, I needed several templates so I came up with a faster technique than the “bunches of blocks” approach used on the dressing table:
Start with a narrow, flexible board, but substitute small brackets for the blocks. Position the board on the template stock (MDF) to match the desired curve. Take measurements from equal distances on both sides of the center line to ensure that the curve is symetrical. Trace the line, remove the board, rough cut with the bandsaw, replace the board, and smooth cut with the router to finish the template.
I now have a collection of curve templates, concave and convex, with different radii that I can use on later projects.
-- Dave J. Eagle, ID