02:05AM | 03/16/03
Member Since: 03/15/03
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what is the best way to make curve door size is 27" x 51" with 6" curve in the center,i cut 3 peices of 1/4 birch plywood and made to templet of the curve and clamp the plywood to it the form is good now do i glue 2 pices togeter let it dry then the 3 peices will this stay or is there other way of doing this, im going to formica it when finish, i have seen them make curve doors in wood shop clamp to jig but not sure on gluing it also do you wet plywood first to form then glue after water dry thank you for any info on this


06:48AM | 03/16/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
I did a reception desk that was a semi-circle that needed a door similar to what you are making. Fun working on the radii for that project, it was at a yaught club with curved glass.. inside a curved glass reception area... pretty neat job.

First you need to find the radius, it can't be 6". Once you've determined that set up a jig with a 1x4 with a nail to the folcrum and use it like a compass. You need to mark the front & back of the radius & the radii angles for each end.
Place nails for scribes at the interior & exterior unto a kiln(stable)dried 2x8 - 2x12.

Now you have a jig to cut your rails, all you need is the styles, ripped to the radii angles, cut your motrice & tennon joints & glue it up. With a slight curve you don't need to steam the ply. Lots of clamps & glue boards though.. one trick to give it depth and a nice "thunk" when it closes fill the voids with expanding foam before you place the 2nd skin.


11:29AM | 03/16/03
Member Since: 03/15/03
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thank you for the reply the door is for fish tank cabinet that im makeing the size is 49 wide x30 high, the ends are 13" wide and the center is bow out to 19" that how i got 6" bow,i made 2 rails to hold it to the shape i want it so that part is done and have 3 peices of 1/4 inch birch clamp to the jig to how it would look and that is good nice and smooth all i have to do now is glue it together an rreclamp it do i do 2 peices first let dry then the 3 peice or all 3 peices at one time when its dry will it spring any or will it stay at 6" bow .

thank you


11:42AM | 03/16/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
One side at a time would be good as long as you're rails can hold the curve (I'd also add a midrail or 2 if I were you).

Doing the inside first, easier to clamp into position. Once that drys then do the outside.



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