Workshop Tip: Use tape to control a drawing batten
When you draw curves with flexible wood battens, blue tape is an easy way to hold them in place.
Like others, I use flexible wood battens to draw smooth curves on templates. I’ve tried holding them in place by hand and some other hilarious solutions, but then I had the idea to use painter’s tape like the string of a bow. I wrap the tape over one end of the stick, and then I hold the tape roll and the other end of the stick with one hand while I draw with the other. That makes it easy to adjust the curve on the fly and then hold it steady for marking.
—CODY MADDOX, Boone, N.C.
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #283