|Forum topic by Ardbeg_Mike||posted 09-18-2015 04:52 PM||585 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
09-18-2015 04:52 PM
I’m looking to UP my game and make curved box sides.
(Just like Roger Bean here: Walnut Curved Veneer Box.)
And I’m looking for suggestions on how to get nice gentle curved sides.
Now, YouTube has lots of exampes of using a table to cut a large cove by having the blade cut at an angle, but this technique is messy, wasteful, and doesn’t have a large enough raduis to produce the gentle curve that Roger and Andrew Crawford use. So scratch that.
Second, you could use a large “round” plane to manually cut an MDF template, and then use that for laminating Baltic Birch, but each variation would need a new template. (Hint: This is what Andrew Crawford uses in his moderately advanced book: Fine Decorative Wood Boxes.)
Lastly, I’ve also thought about flared feet, which maintains the grain pattern, by cutting a thin section near the edge, and then adding a wedge into the cut, to flair out the section. This is called a “French Foot” in Bill Hylton’s excellent book, Illustrated Cabinetmaking.) My only problem with that is it tends to make a rather heavy box.
Perhaps I could use option 3, ie use a wedge/spacer to introduce a gentle curve, with option 2 to make a template, and and use the template for laminating the Baltic Birch.
Any thoughts or advise?