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    Dovetails on a curved drawer front

    Looking for ideas on how to dovetail the drawer sides to a curved drawer front. I have never done hand cut dovetails and have always used a Leigh jig. Any thought on how to 'clamp' the drawer front into the jig .. or is now the time to take the plunge into the hand cut method? The drawer front has a modest curve with the inside radius at 75". It meets the side at about 11 degrees greater than 90. Thanks for any/all assistance.

    PS.. drawer front will be a laminate glue up using bending ply, solid wood edging, shop made veneer on the outside face, walnut backing veneer on the inside face ... all vacuum press formed.

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    I'd try cutting shims to match the inside and outside curves, attach them to the drawer front with carpet tape and clamp it in the jig. The shims should hold the drawer front square.
    Bill Arnold
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