Curved legs for bar stools

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Forum topic by krisrimes posted 05-17-2013 02:29 AM 1624 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2013 02:29 AM

I am in a bit of a bind. I have been asked to make some bar stools on short notice. The plans that I have call for the back leg to be curved. I do not own a band saw, so last night I attempted to cut a leg with my jig saw and I was very unhappy with the cut. Other then a band saw, what is the best way to get a good clean cut on these legs?

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 02:33 AM

make a pattern first, then sand, file, rasp the cut smooth. cut the leg, keeping outside of your line. use a router with a pattern following bit and clean up the cut.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 02:55 PM

+1 on what NailBanger2 said.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 03:00 PM

Any chance there are any LJ’s in your area that might have a band saw?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 03:07 PM

Gary – I’m not sure is the short answer. If I had more time I might ask to borrow some bandsaw time.

I picked up a couple of new blades for my jig saw and a pattern bit for the router. I am going to try making a pattern and then use the router to copy it. My brother thinks he can get us access to a band saw, but I have to get the first stool looked at and approved by Saturday before we move on to the 30 they want. I appreciate the advice.



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#5 posted 05-21-2013 03:42 AM

I was thinking about the same thing a couple of months ago. I hadn’t run across any curved parts, but I was dealing with the same issue in my head. I saw Paul Sellers (hand tool guru) at a woodworking show and he cut a curve the following way sans bandsaw:

Lay out the curve
cut down to the line every inch or so with a straight saw (any kind will do)
chisel away most of the waste outside the line in the inch increments (you should end up with a bunch of little blocks as your waste)
spokeshave away the remainder of the material outside of your lines

I actually was just doing this a couple of hours ago and it worked pretty well. I could see it being effective for a convex curve, but a concave curve might pose more of a problem. give it a shot on a scrap and see how you like it.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 05:05 AM

If you lack a spoke shave a decent wood file will get the chisel and cut marks smoothed out as well. If you have 30 of these to do later you may want to splurge on a bandsaw; I use a flush trim bit only after cutting away the bulk of the material on a bandsaw and the combination will be the easiest way to churn out 60 legs.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 05-21-2013 04:01 PM

However you get the waste out, just clean up with a router + template or oscillating spindle sander.

-- Rick M,

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