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Tips on making a using a "fairing batten" to draw curved lines.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Spring 1986 (v.2#1) pg. 40

Drawing an oval or ellipse of a specific size using the two-nail and loop-of-string method.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Nov-Dec 1988 (v.4#5) pg. 10

Jig for drawing a perfect oval (ellipse) of a given length and width.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #18 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 12

Jig for drawing an arc with a gentle curve is made from two sticks and a few nails.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #23 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 10

Use a bar clamp to compress the batten when drawing fair curves.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #29 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 18

Making and using a router ellipse jig that allows cutting or drawing perfect ovals without the hassle of templates or string.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #31 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 31

Tracing bow made from dowel rod and string is used to trace a curve. This works better than using square-edged stock.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #46 Aug 1995 pg. 20

Formula for determining the radius of a curve.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #47 Oct 1995 pg. 30
Correction AMERICAN WOODWORKER #49 Dec 1995 pg. 4

Jig for marking out an ellipse of any size.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #52 Jun 1996 pg. 22

Sliding jig that generates perfect ovals for mirror and picture frames, etc. Known as "croix ou equerre mobile", it has been in use at least since 1816.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #57 Feb 1997 pg. 28

A no-jig method for drawing an ellipse.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #58 Apr 1997 pg. 32

Adjustable batten for drawing fair curves.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #68 Oct 1998 pg. 34

Drawing tool for large curves is made from a thin wooden slat. The curve is adjusted by a length of pull chain.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #81 Aug 2000 pg. 12

Simple jig for tracing around a curved chair leg using a pencil in order to make a pattern.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #82 Oct 2000 pg. 14

Tip describes how to draw parallel complex curves using a template made from coil solder.
ARTIST'S MAGAZINE Sep 1997 (v.14#9) pg. 80

Circle and ellipse drawing programs. (1) Draw a circle when you know 3 points on the circumference. (2) Draw an ellipse from the 2 foci and a point on the perimeter. Written in Applesoft BASIC.
BYTE Mar 1983 (v.8#3) pg. 380

Workshop geometry. How to draw an ellipse.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1982 (v.6#3) pg. 13

Workshop geometry. Three-centered ellipse.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1983 (v.6#8) pg. 11

How to fabricate an elliptical window, transom light or a mirror frame out of wood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1985 (v.8#12) pg. 66

Transferring curves the easy way. How to use a French curve and a flexible curve.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1993 (v.17#1) pg. 15

How to lay out an oval of almost any size.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1995 (v.18#12) pg. 21
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1995 (v.19#3) pg. 6

Method of drawing a perfect oval pattern.
CHIP CHATS Sep-Oct 1994 (v.41#5) pg. 129

Tips on drawing circles, arcs, and curves using a variety of templates.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #267 Mar 1986 (v.36#3) pg. 17

How to scribe an arc for cutting an archway, making a valance or other large semi-ellipse.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #335 Feb 1993 (v.43#2) pg. 83

Adjustable template for drawing large curves is made from a strip of hardboard and some string.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #346 Mar 1994 (v.44#3) pg. 24

Combine a wood batten and a bar clamp to form a template for drawing a large sweeping curve.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #351 Sep 1994 (v.44#8) pg. 48

Technique for drawing an ellipse using a string and three small nails.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #360 Jul-Aug 1995 (v.45#7) pg. 10

A way to draw smooth elliptical curves using a framing square and a narrow board fitted with two nails and a pencil.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #370 Jul-Aug 1996 (v.46#7) pg. 24

The scribed ellipse. An easy way to lay out elliptical coves. Utilizes a homemade square and scribing rod to draw the ellipse.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #8 Apr-May 1982 pg. 50

Drawing ellipses. Three methods are shown. (1) Looped string method. (2) Paper strip method. (3) Ellipse trammel.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 72

Technique for drawing a smooth curve to fit a given width and height uses 2 sticks and 3 nails.
FINE WOODWORKING #28 May-Jun 1981 pg. 14

Adjustable curve is made from a 36" piece of hickory and some string.
FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 14

How to draw all or part of an ellipse using a length of lath and a framing square.
FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 8

Pattern for drawing the superellipse. This is a contemporary classic curve of unusual grace used on some Scandinavian tabletops.
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 14

Draftsmen's method for laying out an ellipse does not require calculations or gadgets.
FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 12

Tip: Shallow-curve drawing method uses a "spile board".
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 8
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #59 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 4

Simple technique for drawing a half-ellipse.
FINE WOODWORKING #63 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 8

Tip on casting your own spline weights from lead. Spline weights are used to hold a spline when laying out curves.
FINE WOODWORKING #72 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 18
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #73 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 4

Formula for calculating the radius of an arc that must pass through three predetermined points.
FINE WOODWORKING #81 Mar-Apr 1990 pg. 12

Drawing device which traces a portion of a parabola.
FINE WOODWORKING #86 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 16

Method for calculating the radius of an arc of known chord and rise.
FINE WOODWORKING #88 May-Jun 1991 pg. 28
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #90 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 32
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #91 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #92 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 8

Woodcutting technique for making the pieces for an elliptical picture frame that requires only one setting for all miter angles.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 20

Simple device that makes drawing an ellipse easier and more accurate.
FINE WOODWORKING #119 Jul-Aug 1996 pg. 16
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 8

Tip on keeping a stack of different-sized washers for drawing arcs and round corners.
FINE WOODWORKING #123 Mar-Apr 1997 pg. 30

Tip on drawing a curve using a thin wooden spline as the template.
FINE WOODWORKING #132 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 20

Three ways to lay out (draw) an elliptical shape for a small table top.
FINE WOODWORKING #139 Nov-Dec 1999 pg. 112

Drawing and using four basic curves. Enliven furniture designs with ovolos, ogees, serpentines and ellipses.
HOME FURNITURE #2 Spring 1995 pg. 24

Elliptical fan motif (with a turned rosette at the center) is used to decorate a display case. The motif is built-up from seperate wooden wedges, instead of carved.
HOME FURNITURE #3 Summer 1995 pg. 96

Tips on laying out curves using a wooden batten.
HOME FURNITURE #4 Fall 1995 pg. 13

Tips on drawing freehand curves (irregular or non-geometric curves) in furniture design.
HOME FURNITURE #7 Summer 1996 pg. 15

Tip on using a string and some spray paint to lay out a graceful curve (parabolic arch).
HOME MECHANIX #789 Oct 1994 (v.90) pg. 14

How to draw an oval (ellipse) of any size and shape.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1984 (v.9#1) pg. 76
Added Info HOMEOWNER Apr 1984 (v.9#3) pg. 2

Drawing a "fair curve" when designing airplanes. An overview of the mathematics and the techniques for producting an ellipse, parabola, hyperbola and other fair curves.
KITPLANES Mar 1994 (v.11#3) pg. 80

How to draw an oval with a compass and straightedge.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Aug 1977 (v.8#3) pg. 12

Tip: Easy way to draw an ellipse using a string and pencil.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Feb 1978 (v.9#1) pg. 4

Tip on drawing an elliptical or "basket-handle" arch using string and two nails.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1991 (v.19#6) pg. 22

Laying out an ellipse using only a straightedge and a ruler.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1993 (v.21#2) pg. 74

Ellipse trammel track.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1963 (v.182#1) pg. 131

Lay out large curves and arcs using this adjustable bow-and-string device.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #63 Nov 1991 (v.11#3) pg. 8
Added Info POPULAR WOODWORKING #65 Mar 1992 (v.11#5) pg. 7

The geometry for ovals. How to construct an oval with given dimensions.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #91 Jul 1996 (v.16#3) pg. 13

Oval layout jig. This cross-shaped jig has perpendicular dovetailed channels routed into the top. Trammel with two pivot points slide in the channels.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #98 Sep 1997 (v.17#4) pg. 36

A simple jig for laying out large curves and arcs is made from a notched stick, bow, and string.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #100 Jan 1998 (v.17#6) pg. 29

No-guess ellipses. How to accurately draw an ellipse using two nails and a loop of string.
SCALE WOODCRAFT #2 Summer 1985 pg. 8

Layout tips. (1) Center finder for the edge of a board. (2) Scribing a parallel line around a work piece or pattern using a poster board guide. (3) Tips on drawing a large arc without a compass. (4) Using coiled solder as a flexible curve. (5) Transfering a photocopy of a pattern to work piece using a hot iron.
SHOPNOTES #24 Nov 1995 (v.4) pg. 14

Tip on drawing a full-size pattern for tube bending by using a piece of flexible plastic tubing as a large French curve.
SPORT AVIATION Jan 1991 (v.40#1) pg. 76

Practical shop geometry. (1) Finding the center of a circle. (2) Laying out ellipses. (3) Drawing hexagons, octagons and other polygons.
WOOD MAGAZINE #14 Dec 1986 (v.3#6) pg. 54
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #16 Apr 1987 (v.4#2) pg. 8
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #17 Jun 1987 (v.4#3) pg. 13
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #18 Aug 1987 (v.4#4) pg. 12

Homemade oval marker is used for marking mat board and laying out picture frames with oval cutouts.
WOOD MAGAZINE #25 Oct 1988 (v.5#5) pg. 48

Straight talk about circles. How to find the center of a circle, make perfectly round corners, and other circular needs which can affect woodworkers.
WOOD MAGAZINE #124 May-Jun 2000 (v.17#4) pg. 18
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #131 Mar 2001 (v.18#2) pg. 10
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #132 Apr 2001 (v.18#3) pg. 40

Techniques for drawing both a circular arc and an elliptical arc over a window or doorway.
WOOD MAGAZINE #134 Aug 2001 (v.18#5) pg. 10

Fast-forming fairing stick. Making and using a bowlike layout tool to draw smooth arcs.
WOOD MAGAZINE #149 Jun-Jul 2003 (v.20#3) pg. 10

Make your own spline weights (ducks), those lead weights used by designers and loftsmen to hold flexible splines to desired curves.
WOODENBOAT #119 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 97
Added Info WOODENBOAT #121 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 5

Two methods of drawing an ellipse are illustrated.
WOODSMITH #5 Sep 1979 pg. 8

Drawing an elipse. Three methods.
WOODSMITH #14 Mar 1981 pg. 3

Tip: How to draw an elipse.
WOODSMITH #16 Jul 1981 pg. 3

Tip: How to use a steel carpenter's square to layout an ellipse to fit particular finished dimensions.
WOODSMITH #19 Jan 1982 pg. 3

Flexible curve drawing tool is made from vinyl tubing and plumber's solder.
WOODSMITH #90 Dec 1993 (v.15) pg. 4

Drawing an arc using a simple jig consisting of four nails and two wood strips.
WOODSMITH #102 Dec 1995 (v.17) pg. 17

Long, thin stick and a string are used to make an adjustable "bow" as a template when drawing a long, gentle curve.
WOODWORK #27 Jun 1994 pg. 14

How to make laminated mirror (or picture) frames with an elliptical shape.
WOODWORKER #1070 Jan 1983 (v.87) pg. 65

Draw an ellipse using a simple trammel.
WOODWORKER #1102 Sep 1985 (v.89) pg. 706

Tip on turning an ellipse using the off-center lathe mounting technique.
WOODWORKER #1109 Apr 1986 (v.90#4) pg. 277

Elliptical compass. An instrument for drawing an ellipse.
WOODWORKER #1110 May 1986 (v.90#5) pg. 431

Angle wrangle. A quick course in trigonometry and geometry for the woodworker. How to draw octagons, hexagons and other angles.
WOODWORKER Feb 1987 (v.91#2) pg. 140
Added Info WOODWORKER Jun 1987 (v.91#6) pg. 539

Mechanical method for drawing an accurate parabolic arch.
WOODWORKER Jan 1988 (v.92#1) pg. 63
Added Info WOODWORKER Apr 1988 (v.92#4) pg. 376
Added Info WOODWORKER Jul 1988 (v.92#7) pg. 629

How to mark out an arc on a piece of wood using three nails and a flexible straight edge.
WOODWORKER Apr 1989 (v.93#4) pg. 336

Draw an ellipse using a roofing square and a piece of lath.
WOODWORKER Dec 1994 (v.98#12) pg. 82

How to lay out a fair curve (a smooth curve of little height in relation to the width).
WOODWORKER Dec 1994 (v.98#12) pg. 83

Tip: Use a thin wooden batten to draw long, sweeping curves.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1978 (v.2#1) pg. 13

Tip: Make an adjustable "bow curve" for drawing large symmetrical curves.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1981 (v.5#6) pg. 40

How to draft an oval.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 57

How to draw an ellipse.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1976 (v.32#2) pg. 82

Shop geometry. (1) How to make a jig for drawing an ellipse. (2) How to draw an ellipse with T-square, triangle, pencil compass and a French curve. (3) How to create a round corner that flows smoothly into the sides. (4) How to create a smooth circle or arc between a straight line and a circle. (5) How to smoothly join two circles. (6) How to draw an ogee (cyma) curve. (7) How to bisect any angle.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1977 (v.33#6) pg. 114

Creating ellipses mathematically (or with string and tacks).
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1985 (v.41#3) pg. 107
Correction WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1985 (v.41#4) pg. 21
Correction WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1985 (v.41#5) pg. 26

How to draw an ellipse without math, strings or tacks.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1987 (v.43#5) pg. 104