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BoomWood

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10-26-2015 01:01 AM

Is there anywhere I can find angle and curve templates? Being new to woodworking, and not being a great artist makes it difficult to design my own projects. Is there a website or easy program I can use to draw up curves?


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conifur

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 01:03 AM

What about French Curve templates draftsmen use?

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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bearkatwood

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 01:11 AM

Here is a set of steel french curves at Highland
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/sterling-tool-works-roubo-curves.aspx

-- Brian Noel

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SuperCubber

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 01:32 AM

http://www.michaels.com/10064669.html#q=French+curve&start=1

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 10-26-2015 01:36 AM

It would be helpful to know exactly what it is you are trying to do… using a solid template (like the french curves mentioned above) to mark the wood with, or something you print out to use as a pattern (you mentioned ‘website’ or ‘program’). The french curve things have been covered above. If you are looking for a program, just about any graphics program will fit the bill (MS Paint, Gimp, Inkscape, etc..)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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BoomWood

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 02:02 AM

All good suggestions, thanks! Right now just working on small things like bandsaw boxes and small candle holders. I would like to build a gentleman’s stand next, but want to incorporate curves which is proving to be difficult cutting perfect and matching curves. I also tried drawing some scroll saw plans but my drawing is lacking.

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Betsy

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#6 posted 10-26-2015 02:23 AM

Before i discovered french curves and templates – I used my kitchen for “templates”. Small round plates, large plates, glasses, measuring cups – all made great “templates”.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 10-26-2015 02:34 AM

Staples and/or Office Max.

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 10-26-2015 11:27 AM



Before i discovered french curves and templates – I used my kitchen for “templates”. Small round plates, large plates, glasses, measuring cups – all made great “templates”.

- Betsy

I have several cans and dishes in the shop that serve as my templatesfor circles and arcs.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Tennessee

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 11:38 AM

I have a set of plastic French curves that must be almost 30 years old. Almost every guitar and bandsaw box I build sees those at some point. I like the plastic since I can see through it somewhat.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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MrFid

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#10 posted 10-26-2015 12:06 PM

As for difficulty cutting and matching curves once you’ve drawn them, if you have a bandsaw and an oscillating spindle sander, the job is easier. Cut to the waste side of the line, and inch up to the line with your sander. If you lack either or both of these tools (I lack a bandsaw, currently), the work can be done with a jigsaw, or you can turn your drill press into a spindle sander. If you lack a drill press AND a spindle sander, buy a drill press.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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dhazelton

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#11 posted 10-26-2015 12:11 PM

Staples, Michaels or A.C. Moore.

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BoomWood

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#12 posted 10-26-2015 05:56 PM

I have a bandsaw and drill press with spindle sanders. I will definitely get a french curve set and see how that goes.

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bearkatwood

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#13 posted 10-26-2015 06:07 PM

Whenever I make curves that are larger than a french curve I use trammel points. I have a set from rockler that I really like;
http://www.rockler.com/trammel-points-kit?source=googleps&utm_source=GoogleBase&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Google&sid=V9149&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnrexBRDNmZzNkf7c4c4BEiQALnlxhaSMInaIbS5wYcXbyAOMqXo3FZ7JL5Ey7F5dBJUlA3kaAnl48P8HAQ

Or you can tie a string to both ends of a yard stick and tighten it until you get the curve you want.

-- Brian Noel

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 10-26-2015 06:11 PM

You can find them on Ebay along with drafting instruments.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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