Viewers ask great questions sometimes, and Alex (from Fremantle WA) wants to
know how to bend solid timber to make a plinth (or base) for his bow-fronted
There’s a simple technique called “saw kerfing”, which involves making a series
of closely spaced cuts along the timber, in the area where the curve is
required. A sliding mitre saw works best. Set the depth to leave about 5 or 6mm
of timber uncut at the front of the board, and then make a series of evenly
spaced cuts across the board.
If the cuts are closely spaced you can make a tight curve, further apart and
you’ll get a shallow curve. To make the curve strong and permanent, fill each
cut with a thick glue, such as Aquadhere PVA, fix it in position, and wait for
the glue to cure.
A kerf is the technical term for a cut made by a saw.