Re: Build your own cabinets
As a teen I worked with a furniture manufacturer, helping with prototyping in his home shop. He did a lot of "free form" chairs, that is to say, built up laminates to create the curved bases, arms, and back supports. Mind you, this is going back about 25 years or so, so details are a bit sketchy. My recollection is that he ripped the pieces of veneer about 1/4"-3/8" wider than the finished piece would be. The glue up was done on a flat surface so that the sides of each strip of veneer was relatively equal, IIRC, he even lightly tapped them with a dead-blow hammer to even them up a touch before tightening the clamps down. Once dry the glue was sc****d and the pieces were fed through a surface sander which works better at gently removing material rather than a planer that rather violently whacks at the piece with knives.
I'm really trying to remember how he did the pieces that came nearly full circle that were too large for the sander or planer. He probably took those pieces to work and ran them through an industrial sized surface sander.
If your arch isn't too pronounced, then you can send it through your planer with a backer board on either side of it to keep the knife bed level and stable. Or, use the joiner to true up one edge, then clamp the piece on a solid surface with the true edge down. Set up a router jig to cradle the router above the work, then move the router back and forth across the work to cut it to the proper width. I wouldn't recommend sending it through the tablesaw because you really don't have much control over the piece and could easily cause a kick-back situation or worse.
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