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curved photo stand
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Curved Photo Stand
Basic Description This curvaceous sliver of wood is assembled from a set of thin strips; it can be used to display photos, cards and notes. The sinuous curve is much more than a design element: it provides stability and increases the rigidity of whatever you hold with the central groove. These 'curved photo stands' make great gifts, and they can easily be made out of leftover material.
Materials Wood for stand and jig, wood glue, finishing oil. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Table saw, bandsaw or jigsaw, various clamps, sandpaper. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $2
Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
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the project plan begins here

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The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared and set-up before commencing because you become free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 - Wood for photo stand. three thin strips of any length over 12" (30cm): we used strips that were 1/8" x 7/8" x 14" (3 x 22 x 352mm).
#2 - Wood for jig. The jig should be wider than the length of the strips: we used some leftover MDF (or plywood) that was 5/8" x 6" x 18" (16 x 152 x 452mm). You will also need a backing board for the jig - melamine is preferred but MDF or plywood will work as well.
#3 - Wood glue; we used polyurethane glue but yellow glue is acceptable.
#4 - Finishing oil

Tool List

table saw
measuring tape
bandsaw or jig saw
if you are starting with rough lumber, you will need a jointer and surface planer

We recommend that you read through the entire plan and especially the design considerations section before acquiring/assembling all of the requisite tools and materials. There are several options with this project, and it is most prudent to be fully informed of them before making design decisions.

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