Use Patterns to Guide Your Work
From milling to jointery to shaping, these full-size templates are a roadmap to success
Synopsis: A thin, full-size pattern can be useful at just about every stage of furniture construction. Before milling parts from rough lumber, Garrett Hack uses patterns to find the best grain for each part. He also use them like story sticks, marking them with joinery, banding, and inlay locations. They are great aids for difficult joinery like angled tenons. Of course, he also uses them for shaping, and not only with a router. They are great guides for a spokeshave as well.
Perhaps the most common technique for shaping a curved part is to rough it out with a bandsaw and then rout it flush to a full-size pattern. For many woodworkers, that might be the only time they ever use a pattern, but it shouldn’t be. A thin, full-size pattern can be useful at just about every stage of furniture construction. Before milling parts from rough lumber, I use…