Curved work is something strange to me, mostly because I hardly ever do it. Some woodworkers specialize in artistic, sculptural woodwork; not me, I work in traditional shapes. Maybe too much so. A design goal with this project is to introduce more curves.
When it came time to add the curve to the upper area of the rear legs, I went at it not knowing what to expect. After rough cutting the curved shape on my bandsaw, I had planned to buy a spokeshave to fair the rough curve. I decided first to see if I could accomplish this task with my existing tools.
The second and third photos show a rasp. I bought it at Woodcraft thinking I needed something to help cut away the worst of the rough areas left by the bandsaw. Notice the abrupt end to the bandsaw cut (first photo). That had to be converted into a smooth transition to the straight part of the leg. The rasp did great and then my #4 bench plane did almost all of the remaining work. Very pleased how well this turned out. I also used a card scraper and sand paper, but these items saw minimal use.
The result was stupendous. Successful curved work, and it was easy. Look for more curves in future furniture designs. 🙂
To begin glue-up of the various sub-assemblies, the first task to complete are the small side panels. See this earlier photo…
This photo was taken in July of last year and the slender slats which make up the panels have never been glued together. Time to get that done.
In the last photo, you can see the material on the crest rail which will have to be removed. I hope to begin shaping the crest rail this week or next.
Currently, I have all the panels glued-up. I’ll need to do final sanding on these panels; there are eight of them and both sides will need to look good. I am thinking of shellac for a finish, which I’ve never used shellac before. Once I get finish applied to the panels, I can complete glue-up of the four leg and panel sub-assemblies.
This should be an interesting woodworking week.
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