|Kerf planning in CAD|
Since the settee surfaces were cut in CNC, I had the original CAD drawing to help plot where to cut the kerfs and how much arc length to cover. 5.5 inches of arc-length at half inch spacing mean 12 cuts.
|Hand cutting kerfs and dadoes on the table saw|
|Glue and clamp|
|Fitting the panel. Note the vertical splits on the radius|
So, I will claim "not bad" for my first try, and note what to do different next time:
- Use a thicker (standard) blade, or space the cuts less than a half inch.
- Cut the clamping blocks out of plywood and glue them into the final piece. This will help the panel keep it's shape (and provide a hidden cleat to secure the piece in place!).
- Use better quality plywood (which would happen in final finish work anyway). The cheap stuff is prone to splitting when bent.
- No polyurethane glue. Use thickened epoxy.
It also occurred that this entire piece could be cut in CNC. I might try that next.