Whether building furniture or applying trim, there will come a day when you will want to break away from the right angles and get a little curvy. Arches can help to soften an angular room or piece of furniture and they are a sign to anyone who sees them that the builder was on top of their game. The trickiest part in doing arches is consistency between pieces and achieving overall symmetry. Here is a tutorial that will help you make it happen.
Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps is building a handsome set of library shelves, which deserve a write up all their own when they are completed. Along the way she has offered a very clear and easy method to creating perfect arches, which she is using along the top of her shelving unit. As someone who has messed with trammels, compasses and half-traced bucket lids, I have to say her way is the way to go. Using a thin, bendable piece of plywood and a few nails, Sandra manages to make a consistent curve every time. She then employs a few tricks while sanding to make sure that each arch not only matches the others, but is also symmetrical. Trust me, this is no small feat.
Each step is carefully written out and nicely photographed, two details that are always much appreciated. If you are thinking of throwing a curve ball at your next woodworking project, then be sure to give Sandra's tutorial a look.
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