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John Fry

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 07:33 AM


First of all, if at all possible in your design, I recommend making your stiles go from top to bottom, rather than the rails going all the way across. First of all, it’s a bit more traditional and easier to “faire” the rails into the stiles.

I would use a router table with a curved guide clamped to the table. I have a picture of how I did the stub tenons on the curved panels for the drum table on my website. Although it is a stub tenon, rather than a groove, it will work the same. Here is a pic;

As I said, this is set to cut a rabbet on each side of the curved panel. But you would set up a straight bit and have it spaced from the curved guide template to cut your groove in the center of your curved rails. I used a 3/4” mdf template / fence to cut these 18” tall curved panels, but you could even double up your guide and for a much narrower rail it would be easy. Of course your guide must match your curved rail in radius.

How are you going to make your curved rails and panels? Bent lams, I’ll bet?

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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