Most of my woodworking is sometimes labeled “straight” or “square” work: Cabinets, tables, bookshelves, and other pieces that consist mainly of straight workpieces assembled into a square or rectangular shape.
But there are times when the design calls for curved or shaped workpieces. These add visual interest to the project and are a nice departure from the boring straight lines common in a lot of woodworking projects.
Shaping a curved piece can be frustrating — if you don’t have the proper tools. And sometimes power tools like a router can’t get the job done, especially if it’s a freeform shape or a workpiece that consists of complex curves. Continue reading