Quick cutting for curves and straightaways
In order to make the straight portion of the cut truly straight, I came up with this removable guide that drops into my bandsaw's miter slot. Here's how to make it: Position a piece of hardboard to act as a fence for cutting the workpiece along the straight line. Sandwich the hardboard between two pieces of 3⁄8 ×3⁄4 " hardwood with wood screws, as shown.
Start the cut with the curved section. When you get to the straight section, pause to drop the guide into place, and continue the cut. When you reach the opposite curved end, remove the guide and complete the cut.
—Jeff Stikeleather, Mill Spring, N.C.