Jigs for Routing Perfect Curves
Tips and techniques for making an assortment of pattern-routing jigs.
Synopsis: Pattern routing is a good way to add curves to your furniture, especially when a piece requires multiple identical parts. The right jig can ensure that you use this technique safely and effectively. Here, Bob Van Dyke shows how to make and use some of his go-to jigs: a reusable jig for gentle curves, a half-pattern for tight curves, and a template that attaches directly to the workpiece. Also included is a look at the various types of pattern-routing bits.
Incorporating curved parts into your work expands your design possibilities dramatically. Although curves can be achieved with hand tools, pattern routing with a router table may be a better option, especially if you must make numerous identical parts. With this technique, parts are attached to a shaped pattern that rides against a bearing-guided router bit, letting you duplicate parts quickly and easily.
There are different styles of jigs to…