By Lonnie Bird

Shape is necessary to the last word luck or failure of a bit of furnishings. figuring out this, custom-furniture maker Lonnie chook has taken the complicated topic of shaping and during this e-book made it obtainable to each woodworker. He publications the reader towards first visualizing, then drawing a form, after which deciding on the ideal software for growing it. Shaping ideas of all types are lined right here -- from the easiest ones to extra advanced bending and carving.

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50) SECTION 3 OVERVIEW This eighteenthcentury secretary shows how simple and complex shapes can add interest and functionality to furniture. earning to balance, proportion, and draw geometric shapes as well as freeform curves is essential to the design and construction of pleasing furniture. To cut a shape, you first need to define it, which usually means drawing it. Although shapes can be drawn freehand, achieving symmetry and accuracy is easier with measuring instruments and templates. A straightedge is a template for ensuring that a line is straight and true.

The challenge it to keep it flat. Old textbooks recommend gluing narrow boards together to create wide panels. But this method yields an unattractive panel with plenty of gluelines and mismatched grain. I prefer instead to use wide figured stock for tabletops, door panels, and drawer fronts. In fact, I typically use only one board for tops of small tables, lids for slant front desks, and raised panels in doors. Often To avoid problems matching the grain in wide panels, try to find wide figured panels.

A ➤ See “Taper on the Bandsaw with a Jig” at left. B C D E Straight-Edged Shapes 49 TAPERS Four-Sided Taper on the Table Saw Hardwood block pivots on screw. Use lowest steps for first cut. This step works in conjunction with pivot block. A 50 B C D E Straight-Edged Shapes The process for cutting a four-sided taper is much like the procedure for cutting a two-sided taper. The difference is the jig. There are two steps on the jig: one for the first two cuts and another for the final two cuts (A).

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