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Old 02-08-2019, 10:42 AM
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Default Radiusing the braces with a hand plane

I thought this might be interesting to some of you. I picked this up somewhere a while back, donít really know who to credit for it, but Iíve been using this kind of jig for a while and it never let me down

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Old 02-08-2019, 11:25 AM
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Looks clever. I have a somewhat similar fixture that I made about 25 years ago that uses a block plane and planes 3 or 4 braces at once.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:37 PM
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I like that - clean and simple. Thanks for posting!

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Old 02-08-2019, 06:17 PM
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We also carry jigs bigger than that one, that allow you to bend the wood as per your link and pass it through a circular saw or bandsaw, so instead of ten minutes planing, 15 second saw cut

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Old 02-08-2019, 07:25 PM
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I built a 'jig' 25 years ago. It's a simple 2x4 piece of pine with a scrap piece of 1/16th inch veneer glued to the end of it as a stop. Simply mark the arch on the brace, mount the jig in a vice and plane it off to the line.

That's a nice little jig he has set up but I'm not sure why he doesn't hold it in a vice.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:01 PM
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We also carry jigs bigger than that one, that allow you to bend the wood as per your link and pass it through a circular saw or bandsaw, so instead of ten minutes planing, 15 second saw cut



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Hi Steve, I can also pass the jig through a power tool since itís square and straight, but I prefer the surface I get with the hand plane. If Iím doing loads of braces I go through the table saw and give one pass with the plane before taking the brace out of the jig.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:07 PM
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I built a 'jig' 25 years ago. It's a simple 2x4 piece of pine with a scrap piece of 1/16th inch veneer glued to the end of it as a stop. Simply mark the arch on the brace, mount the jig in a vice and plane it off to the line.



That's a nice little jig he has set up but I'm not sure why he doesn't hold it in a vice.


Hi! This way I donít have to mark anything or plane to a line, plus having the jig on its side on the table avoids any potential problems with squareness. There is no chance for me to tilt or twist the plane as I cut.
I could have pins on the table to hold it steady, but itís not hard to just hold it by hand... plus a bit of workout isnít that bad

Btw thatís me in the video!
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:41 AM
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Oh I get it now, you press fit in the prescribed arch. I missed that part. Makes sense.
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These methods will not produce a radius, technically speaking, because they create a spline curve rather than a circular curve. The difference may be too slight to matter.
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I hope so...
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:41 PM
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Of course youíre right Howard! But when I flip the planed braces onto the jig the curve is spot on... even cross checking with a radiused dish confirms the accuracy of the curve. I think the approximation would be problematic on tighter radiuses...
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:34 PM
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We also carry jigs bigger than that one, that allow you to bend the wood as per your link and pass it through a circular saw or bandsaw, so instead of ten minutes planing, 15 second saw cut

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Or, a couple of passes over a jointer.
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