Curved Edges Smooth Each Other
I use veneered panels in my work, often with curves, and I have a simple method for shaping the edging to fit the panel precisely. Start by bandsawing both parts as close to the curved line as possible, and then use adhesive-backed sandpaper applied to one part to sand the other. Now switch the sandpaper to the opposite piece and continue sanding. Repeat, moving the sandpaper back and forth between pieces, and the curves will gradually get closer and more identical. This works only on uniform curves with a single radius—not complex curves with changing radii—but it’s quick and easy.
From FWW #267
Drawings by Dan Thornton
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