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Forum topic by Ray posted 08-11-2015 04:36 AM 695 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ray

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08-11-2015 04:36 AM

I really like the look of this bench (Found on Lost Art Press blog). If I was to build a shorter version (left to right) can anyone help me with the calculation required to maintain the pleasing appearance of the arc? If I just shorten it, I am guessing it will lose its appeal and destroy the look.. or is it not possible?
Thanks

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Rick M

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#1 posted 08-11-2015 07:23 AM

There are several ways to do it. Simplest is use a flexible ruler or strip of plywood anchored at both ends.

http://www.woodsmithtips.com/2014/04/17/shop-built-layout-gauge/?utm_source=WoodsmithTips&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8098

Or you can get a little more complicated
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/articleindex/jig-journal-arc-drawing-bow

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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oldnovice

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#2 posted 08-11-2015 05:44 PM

Even if there was no arc it would just be your version.
If you really, really, want an arc, use Rick’s method above ‘cause that’s the easiest, simplest way to make an arc.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 08-11-2015 06:12 PM

It almost looks like the arc on top matches the one on the rail under the seat. Holding my hands up to cut off each end (my visual test) doesn’t make it look any less pleasing to me.

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Mattyboy

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#4 posted 08-11-2015 08:34 PM

Maybe you could sketch out your proposed design and see what you like for the curve. I use Sketchup software to look at my designs and that really helps to see it. But all you really need is a piece of paper and pencil and ruler.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#5 posted 08-11-2015 08:58 PM

Fred has the right idea

The following refers to the arched horizontal rail under the seat in your original photo.

on your shorter version, you don’t want the ends of the under-seat arched piece to be as tall as they are on the original, since that would close off the opening.

to scale down this version: copy/trace the arch onto masonite or cardboard.
To lay out the rail on the new shortened version, measure the distance on the original, from the underside of the seat to the top of the arch. Mark off this distance on your rail, then, using your template, trace the arch onto your new workpiece, letting the arc define the height at each end.

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