Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Saint Charles, Illinois (West Burbs of Chicago)
A Curve Ball
Okay so it's about 3:30 here in Chicago. I am at work and caught up with everything. So I have some free time on my hands to ask what is probably a goofy question; "What is the easiest/best way to cut curves in wood?"
I am sure many of you just said, "That depends on what you are making." Yes I agree.
So far in my extensive 5 month woodworking career I have cut nothing but straight cuts. For some reason I fear cutting curves. Intimidated by them for some unexplained reason. Not sure why exactly. I find myself looking at designs and plans for different things and once i see they involve cutting curves, it's like a switch gets flipped and I just totally turn it off and look for the next design. My wife will show me a design she saw or make a neat little skecth of something that invloves curves and I get uneasy. "Honey wouldn't you like something with cleaner, straigther lines", I say. (Translation: Honey, that's a beautiful design but you'll notice that it has very scary curves and I am not nearly proficient enough to be able to make something that nice). That is obviously very irrational and I would probabaly benefit significantly from some serious counseling.
Having said all of that, is it time to break down and get a band saw? Can I cut most curves with a jigsaw? Any advice would be most helpful.
Last edited by Tom5151; 03-17-2009 at 05:22 PM.