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 Post subject: Curved front drawers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:14 pm 
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I'm working on a pretty basic project that has curved front drawers. Assembling the sides to the drawers can be done in many ways; this time I tried sliding dovetails using the method outlined in FWW 233, May/June 2013. The basic idea is to first route a flat on the inside drawer face for the end of the side, then cut a dovetail slot in that flat, first using a straight cutter to cut most of the waste. Here's what the finished groove looks like:

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In the FWW article the author went to a lot of work building a jig to hold the drawer front while routing with a hand router. If you cut on the router table a much simpler jig suffices. This was cut from some 1/8" sheet good (some random CRUD in the waste pile) and a couple of strips of wood. Much simpler and gets the job done.

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Here's the bottom edge of the drawer, showing the dovetail:

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And the completed drawer, minus the bottom.

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 Post subject: Re: Curved front drawers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:38 pm 
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Cool!
How did you do the curved drawer face?
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 Post subject: Re: Curved front drawers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:43 pm 
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Zulu wrote:
How did you do the curved drawer face?


It's a bent lamination. Six layers, 1/8" thick glued in a two-sided form that fits in my 20 ton hydraulic press (no messing with clamps for me.)
The bent lam is cut to length and the edges are jointed. Then a 1/4" strip is glued to each end and the top and bottom edges. Once the glue is set, these are planed and sanded flush to the faces. Finally, a 1/16" slice is glued to the outside face, hiding the joints around the edges.

This picture is a form from a different project, but is pretty close to what was used here. I now place a 3" wide, 3/4" steel bar across the top of the form to distribute the force from the ram.

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 Post subject: Re: Curved front drawers
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:42 pm 
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Here's what the drawer fronts are for - a pair of basic nightstands for our place at the ski valley where renters manage to abuse everything. The wood is mahogany from a set of bookshelves a friend built in the 80's and gave to me last year when he moved out of town.

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 Post subject: Re: Curved front drawers
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:58 pm 
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FINE looking heirloom quality furniture, doc. I appreciate your sharing your router table jig method. Thanks! And thanks for keep us in the loop with this project.

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