As your design and technical skills develop, often so does your interest in using curves in your furniture. But how do you design a pleasing curve, make the curved parts, and then join them together? Garrett will cover the basic ways to create those parts, from cutting them out of solid stock, to laminating and steam bending more complex shapes for perhaps chairs or bowed drawers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method (speed of making, stability, consistency, economy) and how do you decide the best approach? He will discuss as many processes as he can from designing curves to producing quick patterns, making bending forms, bandsawing thin laminates, coopered shapes, veneered curves, and most importantly, dealing with the joinery of curved parts.
Designing smooth and pleasing curves
Making patterns and how to use them
Using a spokeshave and plane to shape curves
Laminating a strong yet light curved part
Cutting thin laminates on the bandsaw
Strategies for joining curved parts