Making an Arch Template

Arch Template

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Sometimes you need to cut arches to a specific radius for your project. Paul shows how he makes a template which help you layout your arch.


  1. garyprott on 11 September 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Could I make things any harder? This is just to easy. I’ve been fighting boards trying to get this done for the last time. Thanks Paul and crew.

  2. Peter George on 11 September 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I love the comment about the advantage of not having a prissy bench. One of the things that kept me out of hand tool woodworking was the consensus from the gurus that I needed an expensive, hard to build, hardwood bench to do good work.

    I don’t begrudge those who have the furniture grade benches. However I’m much less stressed every time a chisel slips or I spill some stain or drip some glue

    • wadepatton on 12 September 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Nearly completed with my “non-prissy” bench, and the tops have already taken on a bit of grunge and a few marks from using them to build on. It’ll be surface planed the one time, then it’s just another multi-function tool. Use functional to make prissy!

  3. Jeremias Mendes on 12 September 2015 at 1:58 am

    Hi Paul, once again you surprises us with the comeliness of the simplicity. Thanks.

  4. Derek Long on 12 September 2015 at 2:39 am

    Love it. Simple.

  5. robertparsons81 on 12 September 2015 at 7:27 am

    Great thanks Paul.

  6. skodger1nine80 on 12 September 2015 at 7:39 am

    Thank you Paul, as you say crystal clear and so simple. Wonder why I struggled so much in the past !!

  7. Calvin Stark on 12 September 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Very easy…..looks like my bench!

  8. Eric Weaver on 12 September 2015 at 7:44 pm

    A yardstick would work well for that.

    • jeffdustin on 3 January 2017 at 1:21 am

      Are yardsticks called meter sticks in Continental Europe?

      • Tom Benim on 3 January 2017 at 2:01 am


        A yard stick and meter stick are two different, but very similar instruments.

        A yardstick would be 36 inches long
        A meter stick is 1000 mm long or just over 39 inches

        I have seen meter sticks with inches marked on one side, however.

        • Glenn on 3 January 2017 at 5:48 am

          When I was starting out about 35 years we used to make sticks with both imperial and metric because the “old” tradies thought in both measurements

  9. Kirk Zabolio on 13 September 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks Paul good information and I will use it. Use your bench, it is called a WORK bench after all.

  10. Robert Smith on 11 November 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Simple thats the way I like it. made my bench out of some old planks that use to be a shelf so it is all marked up already. as was already said its a work benchS

  11. Dan O'Hayre on 19 January 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I’m building a cradle for a new grandchild on the way. Wondering if this arch would work for the rockers, or would a fairing stick bent to a more extreme arch work better. Any recommendations for the perfect arch to accomplish gentle rocking? Also racking my brain for a unique way to incorporate some sort of brake or stop to lock the cradle from rocking. Would rather not use hardware if a hardwood solution were available

  12. larryl49 on 24 November 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Benches with no marks, and dents, holes, no DNA, equals no history. Thanks for the lesson.
    Regards Larry.

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