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Small washer

Adjustable Curve

Every now and then, I'm faced with laying out a smooth curve. My solution is the jig shown in the drawing on the right. I made the base out of hard maple because of its strength and resistance to warping. Then I drilled a hole through the center of the base and installed a threaded insert. This insert will hold a length of threaded rod that will be used to adjust the degree of bow (see detail 'a' below).

Next, I cut a holddown assembly consisting of a cap, a foot, and a dowel for each end of the bow (see Exploded View at right). These should fit snug enough to maintain control of the bow while you're working with it, yet allow the bow to flex to whatever size arc you need. The caps are screwed to the base, so you can remove them if you need to replace the bow. The feet are glued into place.

Next, I cut a bow to overhang each end of the base by about 4V2", with dowels holding the bow in place. In the center of the bow, I drilled a shallow hole for the

EXPLODED VIEW

Stow bolt insert

Notches are long x Vi" deep

Yt'-dia. x H dowel bolt to fit into to help keep the bow steady. I then placed a small washer into the hole to prevent the bolt from damaging the hole. Adjusting the bow to the desired curve is simply a matter of tightening or loosing the stove bolt.

Jim Buske Ruckton, Illinois

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No glue on top of dowels

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\ Cap screwed into place for easy removal of bow

TOP VIEW CROSS SECTION

Stove

BASE

Threaded insert

No glue on top of dowels

BASE

Threaded insert

Small

\ Cap screwed into place for easy removal of bow

Stove

TOP VIEW CROSS SECTION

Second cut evens the sides

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Second cut evens the sides

Adhesive-backed _ sandpaper

I set the miter gauge to 75° and trimmed the bottom of the triangle so the sides would be even.

Next, I added the fence and side as you see in the main drawing on the left. I cut the fence to cover the entire length of one side of the triangular base. That way, the side closest to the blade will stay fully supported. The miter gauge side was trimmed to fit. Finally, I applied adhesive-backed sandpaper to keep my workpieces from slipping.

Ted Ralston Des Moines, Iowa

Auxiliary fence

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