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curvy stripe
free plans: how to make a
Curvy Stripe
Basic Description In the free plan below, we illustrate a technique that that shows you how to incorporate a narrow stripe into almost any wood project. You begin with your primary wood, cut a curve, and then glue a thin sliver of a contrasting wood between. The result is a beautiful detail can be used to add sinuous curves to pulls, box tops, drawer fronts, table tops etc.

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Now that you have all of the tools and materials, we can jump right into this project. Start with the base wood and surface it if it is rough. Clearly mark the curve on the wood. Note that the technique shown herein will only work with gentle curves. Sharp curves and small radiuses will not work!

Next using a bandsaw or scrollsaw, cut along the line. These will be your glue surfaces so you need to make an accurate cut on the first try. Proceed slowly and ensure that the blade is staying on the line. You may want to practice on a piece of scrapwood first.

Then cut a 1/8" (3mm) or thinner strip of a contrasting color of wood. You can use the table saw or clamp a fence to the bandsaw table and feed the wood through. Make sure that the bandsaw table is square to the bandsaw blade. The board that you cut it from should be about the same thickness as the base wood.
cut a curve in the base wood, and then cut a thin strip of the wood that will become the stripe

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