Draw curves by hand
Trust your instinct. Even if you have never been a great artist, or even a mediocre one, you will be able to draw a nice curve. Draw it on paper, cut out the shape, and transfer it to a piece of wood like you would use a stencil.
I do not consider myself an “artist”; I cannot draw like a good artist draws on paper. But I am pretty confident about drawing curves. I have shared in the past how I do it, like I did when I drew the curves on the cradle for our newest granddaughter (this link is to the article Why you must trust your eyes).
Curves on the back board
This 1:4 scale trundle bed pictured on the right is the “secret” small project I have been working on. Even the mortise and tenon joinery is close to scale. It is fashioned after the the bed in use by one of our granddaughters.
Now I must cut the curves, followed by shaping on the spindle sander and a bit of work with rasps. For joinery I machined tenons on the ends of the large back board, and cut the angles to allow dry fitting the entire assembly.
Now I can start thinking about the actual trundle bed that will go under this assembly. I have not decided what joinery that will have. Tiny dovetails, or tiny finger joints? I have already made one decision: The trundle bed will not have wheels!
What do you think?
Although some might question my desire to keep the joinery quite faithful to the real thing, I did not hesitate for one minute. The reason: I will make even smaller furniture, on commission. It will be
just very much like the real thing.
Do you make toy furniture?
If you do, I would love to hear from you, the projects you have worked on, and how you tackled each project.