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Looking for some help pattern routing curved shapes? Here’s a quick way to do it based on a wall-mounted dining server project by former Popular Woodworking publisher Steve Shanesy. The full project – as well as other great simple yet elegant furniture builds – also appears in the book “Contemporary Furniture: 17 Projects You Can Build,” now available from Popular Woodworking Books.

Created for a small space, this floating dining server is mounted on steel rods that are attached to the wall studs.

Created for a small space, this floating dining server is mounted on steel rods that are attached to the wall studs.

Except for the back edge, my dining server design has no straight lines. The front edge is a sweeping curve, the ends are a more subtle curve and the corners have a large bend to join the two. This design mirrors one edge of my dining table, so I simply used that portion of the table pattern to shape the server.

How are these fair curves generated? Pattern routing the curves is a great solution – here’s how. On a large sheet of craft paper, I found the curve I wanted for the table’s long edges by bending a narrow strip of 3⁄8″-thick plywood between fixed points.


 

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