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    Default Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    While I used a standard French curve to give grace to the curves of my breasthook, transom and thwart knees, I had at the time thought I needed something a little 'bigger' more to a boats scale.

    These are bigger. Made in the USA, from 304 stainless they feel substantial: 3mm thick kinda matt finish (purposefully anti-glare), I've just walked around the boat with it and it fits the shapes I ended up with (inspired by Iain Oughtred's drawings) well. I think for those looking to adorn their small boat construction with curves of variable radius for that little bit extra aesthetic, well this is just the job to make efficient work of it.

    They do 3, but this (the Sterling Works Roubo curve Series II - G curve) is the one I bought (from Classic Hand Tools Ltd UK) next to a standard plastic French curve for comparison... They're cheaper in the USA, so if you need something I think this is well worth a look. I don't know of anyone making anything similar and being niche and low volume things like this aren't always available for ever. Outside the USA and UK, there's also a distributor in Sweden.


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    Default Re: Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    My thwart knees were a more gradual curve. You could easily outline it using different sections of that Sterling, but they also do a bigger more gentle curve one the RC-2-1. I think that would be just the ticket for them...if you're flush.

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    They'll last forever and get used, leaving a better looking boat. A better small boat construction scale product than the plastic French curves.
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    Default Re: Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    NICE! Way outside of my budget, but beautiful tools!

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    Get behind me, Satan! I was just thinking about how much I needed a French curve. If it hadn't been for this post I would have happily spent $6.70 at Lee Valley and been done with it. Now I see that nothing less than the $50 article could possibly do.

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    Those are cool. Cedar battens of various sizes will get you there too.
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    Those are nice drafting tools.
    A buddy wanted a set of big (!) french curves so I made a couple like this:

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    I have to admit in my own work I typically use cardboard for the rough shape and hot-glue attach pointers to capture the curves then go back to a batten:

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    Default Re: Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Pearson View Post
    They'll last forever and get used, leaving a better looking boat. A better small boat construction scale product than the plastic French curves.
    Heirloom tools, yeah.

    I was kinda hoping it was an offshoot of the Sterling Steel Works I remember in Sterling IL back when I worked as a brakeman for the C&NW railroad.

    It's not.

    Nice curves theirs!
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    Top drawer work there Mr. Pearson.

    I made 3 sets of
    the Copenhagen Ship curves a 1:3, 1:2 and full size set.
    I use the curves a lot and make some for what ever I need at the time.

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    Scandinavian Ship Builder's Curves, I think it's a set of 121 templates?
    There are a lot of the
    Copenhagen Ship Curves in the Scandinavian set and some that I think were made for a design that the builder was making.
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    The Copenhagen Builder Ship Curves are a set of 56 templates.


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    My most used curve in my set is an 18 inch version of one of those egg sheped curves.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    Full set of French curves, 27 templates.

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    Peerie,

    I would like to have a set of the egg shape curves. They look very useful.
    Keuffel Essser made a set of 46 railroad curves that I would like also like to have a set of.
    I would have to make them my self. Poor folks have poor ways.

    I make the patterns out of masonite then router out the shape and add a inking lip if needed.
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    Default Re: Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    My most used curve in my set is an 18 inch version of one of those egg sheped curves.

    Would that be a Dixon Kemp pear?

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    Default Re: Sterling Tool Works (USA) Curve.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    Would that be a Dixon Kemp pear?
    Could be.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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