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Project by kiefer posted 05-28-2011 02:46 AM 12018 views 59 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this yesterday but it got lost or removed don’t ask me why.
anyway here it is again and it is simple .
lay out the end and centre points of the arch and drive in nails at these locations
lay the sticks ( lath ) as shown against the nails and connect the sticks at the centre point
remove the centre nail and slide the stick assembly to one of the end points and insert a marker into the crotch of the two sticks
slide the stick assembly from endpoint to endpoint holding the marker firmly in place
there is the arch which is actualy a section of a large circle which with a trammel method would require a very large trammel to draw
a bent lath can also be used to do this but i find that it will not bend in a uniform arch and is therefor not as accurate as this method

follow the pics for the process

comments please


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 03:17 AM

Very clever. I’ll try to remember this trick.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 03:53 AM

Slick! Thanks, I’m sure that will come in handy.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 04:53 AM

hey jocks
try this once yourself and you won’t forget it
you can use this on small things too


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 06:25 AM

Thanks Kiefer, I can and will use this. I love to learn new shop techniques.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 12:10 PM

Going to go out and try this today. Very clever and looks simple.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 01:20 PM

Excellent tip, thanks.
I was building a blanket chest a while back and needed to draw an arc about 3 feet long, I used a long thin piece of bent scrap to try to draw it, and as you say, it is not uniform.
Your technique would have been perfect and so simple to do it.
I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I learn something that I know I will use the next time.
Thanks again.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 07:30 PM

Great thanks

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 10:38 PM

that’s a great tip

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 05-29-2011 02:46 AM

Thanks for the tip.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#10 posted 05-29-2011 07:51 PM

You getting clever arch, or some few ellipsely?

-- Dad, husband and everythingmaker

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 06:31 PM

This is a “slick stick trick”, thanks for the tip, I will surely use it !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 10-05-2011 10:41 AM

Cool Stuff. thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#13 posted 01-28-2012 06:33 AM

Very clever use of geometry!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 11:28 PM

Very cool!

I am tryin this one on the weekend.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 05-23-2013 10:38 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. Saved me soooo much frustration.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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