Precise Tools for Drawing Curves
Simple and effective methods for drawing regular and irregular curves to help you incorporate these graceful lines into your work
Synopsis: Michael Fortune uses all manner of curves in his furniture. Once he nails down the design, he likes to create full-size drawings of any curved parts. This makes it easier to transfer the pattern to a template or to the workpiece. In this Fundamentals article, Fortune shows how to draw both regular and irregular curves, and then how to transfer those drawings to your work. His methods are simple and effective, and the tools involved won’t cost an arm and a leg.
I use all manner of curves to spring my furniture to life. Once I’ve nailed down the design, I like to create full-size drawings of any curved parts. these make it easier to transfer the pattern to a template or to the workpiece. Having accurate drawings of curved parts also makes it easier to visualize joinery details and ultimately to cut those parts.