Curved corner brace re-work

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Project by rainman posted 11-26-2011 05:02 AM 3807 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a friend to smooth out these corner braces on an outdoor oven enclosure. I made a curved template on 1/4 inch luan plywood, traced it on both sies of each brace, and cut with a handsaw close to the lines. I finished with a 2 inch chisel followed by a flapp sander on my 4 inch side grinder. This was the only way I could think of without having to dismantle the frame. I’m open to suggestions for the future. That was a whole lot of sawing overhead, and called for extra strength pain relievers that evening! The first picture is before, second during, and third is after. I welcome any input, there is always a next time.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 05:18 AM

Using a carving disc on a grinder is one way and you would maintain the rough sawn wood finish and a chainsaw would also get you there, but both can be dangerous to the untrained person !


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#2 posted 11-26-2011 06:18 AM

Looks very good. I would love to have something like that.

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 07:04 AM

The carving disc is a lancelot. There are other discs for grinders as well. progressive swipes with a router perhaps?

Nice looking curves.

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 01:11 PM

Some ideas, saws-all with a long sharp blade would be my first choice. Something more traditional would be a frame saw. If you have access to one a portable bandsaw would work.

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 01:42 PM

Not sure why it had to be redone, but it does improve the look. I’d love to see the whole structure. What an awesome BBQ pit!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 03:19 PM

A lot of work, but it turn out real good.

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#7 posted 11-26-2011 04:12 PM

An adjustable radius plane like this one would do the trick I think.

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#8 posted 11-26-2011 09:34 PM

Make a curved patttern on a bandsaw, clamp the pattern to the post. Put a 1/2” by 2” pattern bearing router bit in a large router, and let the chips fly! If need be, clamp the pattern on the other side and do the same, rasp blend the routed line.

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 04:41 AM

Personally, i would have propped up the structure with a couple of 2 X 4’s then took the arched pieces down, cut em to rough shape on the band saw then used a router to cut em to final shape following a pattern with a straight bit and guide bearing, ala Norm. If the pieces were too wide, go as far as you can from each side then clean up the middle with chisels and a spindle sander. You did well, though. I dig those types of structures.

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