How to Cut Scallops in Wood

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Wood can be cut into scallops for aesthetic purposes. Scallops are decorative dips that connect to each other in a pattern to create a flowing, pleasant edge. Scallops can be used on wood valances that span between cabinets over sinks, on china cabinets, credenzas or anywhere you wish a decorative edge to be applied.

Scallops can be drawn on wood freehand, but it's best to start out with a thin-plastic French-curve template that can be purchased at any home improvement store.

Lay the French-curve template on the edge of the wood so that the edge of the template is extending out past the edge of the wood by 3/4 inch.

Trace the edge of the French curve on the wood with a pencil. Slide the template down the wood and connect the end of the previous line to the edge of the template.

  • Wood can be cut into scallops for aesthetic purposes.
  • Scallops can be drawn on wood freehand, but it's best to start out with a thin-plastic French-curve template that can be purchased at any home improvement store.

Trace the template again. Continue moving the template down the wood, connecting the line to form a continuous line of French curves. The points where the French curves come together are the scallops.

Cut along the lines with a band saw.

Sand the scallops by hand with 100-grit sandpaper.

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