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Tip #31
Band Sawing Versatility (continued)
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Compound Cutting

Figure 14-40. The classic cabriole let is shaped by doing compound cutting, a technique that belongs almost exclusively to the bandsaw.

By cutting the pattern in more than one side of the workpiece-compound cutting-you can make the stock appear to curve through three dimensions, as if you had carved it. This is an intriguing bandsaw technique that's useful on a wide variety of projects. You can use it to remove stock and simplify your lathe work, make cabriole legs for tables and chairs (Figure 14-40), or do "bandsaw sculpture"-animal shapes, patterned posts and rails, fascinating lamp bases (Figure 14-41).





Figure 14-41. Unusual lamp bases can be made using the compound cutting technique.


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Figure 14-42. When doing the layout for compound cutting, the pattern must be marked on adjacent sides of the workpiece.

The sketch in Figure 14-42 is a simplified version of how stock should be marked to prepare it for compound cutting. A pattern is used to mark the stock on two adjacent faces. The stock is bandsawed by following the pattern on one side of the stock. Then the waste pieces are put back in their original positions either by tack-nailing or by using masking tape. Then the workpiece is bandsawed on the second side (Figure 14-43). When the second phase of cutting is complete, the waste pieces fall away to reveal the finished piece.

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Figure 14-43. Whe waste pieces that fall away after one side of the stock is cut are replaced either by nailing or taping. Then the second side of the workpiece is cut.


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Figure 14-44. Don't be too hasty in discarding the waste pieces that result from compound cutting. They might come in handy on some future project.

Don't be too quick to discard the waste pieces. Some of them, as shown in Figure 14-44, end up themselves as interesting pieces that can be utilized on other projects.

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