In the November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, you’ll find my 6-Board Chest article. The opening photo (shown below) shows three chests – mine (the blue one), Tim Henricksen’s (the yellow one) and Ty Black’s (the green one). My chest (the one I teach you how to build in the article) has an ogee on both ends.
There are multiple ways to lay out an ogee, but this is my favorite. Now the fastest way to lay it out is to use your body parts – just eyeball it and wing it. But I like to take the extra minute or two to make the ogee, which is sometimes called a “cyma recta” or “cyma reversa.”
Step 1. Draw the inverted “V” shape as if you were making bootjack ends for this chest. The point of the “V” should be slightly lower than where you want the bottom of the chest to lie.
Step 2. Set your compass so it bisects one of these lines at the halfway point of the line segment.