I saw one of these in an email . . . from Fine Woodworking I think. Dad's neighbors have been very helpful since mom passed and I wanted to thank them. I feel it is presumptuous to give someone a wall cabinet or picture frame that may not be their style. Since she likes to cook and he likes to eat, I thought this would work well. I wasn't real sure how to go about it so I just blatantly copied the picture although I believe mine is smaller. I used hard maple as the basis for the blank and walnut, cherry and padouk for the inlay. I glued up the blank, marked out a curve that I liked, transferred that curve to a pattern and faired the curve with a file.
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Clamp the pattern to the blank and use a template collar on the router to route a curved groove. Saw the blank apart on the bandsaw, smooth the inside edges and clamp the first laminated inlay between the halves restoring the blank to rectangular.
This was my first go at this thing so I went overkill on the clamps .
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