The Anarchist S Editor S Gift Guide Item 5 Lee Valley Drawing Bow
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Sure, you can use a thin, flexible offcut of wood to make a drawing bow - and I've done that a number of times (sometimes pinning it in place with nails so I don't need three hands to draw a curve).But a piece of wood doesn't always bend symmetrically.
So when I built a Krenov-inspired live-edge hanging cabinet for which I needed perfectly matching curves on the doors and the backboards, I broke down and bought a Symmetric Drawing Bow from Lee Valley (the company also offers an asymmetric version).
Now it's my go-to solution for drawing large curves.I can set the curve with the strap and keep the arc as long as a I need it.Once I'm done, I simply release the strap and it returns to flat for easy storage.
— Megan Fitzpatrick P.S.Here's the front of the cabinet I mentioned (it's in the November 2014 issue).Said 'hanging cabinet' is currently in use as an end table in my living room;.I stuck some felt pads on the posts to lift it off the floor a little, and to keep from scratching the floor.
Some day, perhaps I'll finish all the carpentry, trim carpentry, plaster repair etc....