Smooth Curves with Hand Tools
Create silky, sinuous edges faster than routing or sanding
Every furniture style has its own visual language, and that language often involves curves. Whether you bandsaw curves or rout them, they all require smoothing afterward. Some furniture makers get frustrated by this task and resort to sanding, but that can be dusty and tedious and can fail to yield fair curves with crisp surfaces. If you are new to curved work, follow the advice of Jeff Miller: Use this handful of basic tools—handplane, spokeshave, rasp, and scraper. It will be easier to smooth both convex and concave curved surfaces, and you’ll get the results you want.