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    How to make a curved front dawer

    Hi there.
    I have decided to start a couple of projects at the same time while I'm waiting for the different finishes of my chair to dry, and one of them is a chest of drawers, as the front of the drawers will be curved (see drawing) I wonder if is there any trick or special technique to make them.

    If I had a big lathe I could have glued the boards on a square wooden box and turn four of them at a time, but I haven't any and the only way I can imagine is by using section templates and hand planning.

    Making some chamfers on the jointer and finishing them is a possibility but I'm not so sure in how to make them in a repetitive way and all equal.

    Any help will be great ly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
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    toni, there`s a couple of ways to make single plane curves....cutting them out of solid stock as you mention is one. if you go that route then make a female template that you can slide up-n-down the length to check continuity.
    a better use of wood that will allow grain matching is to resaw thin plys and glue them back together using a form.
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    Check this out...A little diferent...but the basic idea
    http://books.google.com/books?id=egE...YcBr4#PPA71,M1

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    Hi Tod.

    Thanks for your hint. If I used your suggestion of laminating thin plys that would give a concave curved interior of the front of the drawer as well. Wouldn't it?

    Then, how would you treat the end sides of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Hi Tod.

    Thanks for your hint. If I used your suggestion of laminating thin plys that would give a concave curved interior of the front of the drawer as well. Wouldn't it?

    Then, how would you treat the end sides of it?
    dovetails on a curve..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    dovetails on a curve..
    Yeah! That can either be fun or "funstrating" Would you place them parallel or radially following the curve?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Yeah! That can either be fun or "funstrating" Would you place them parallel or radially following the curve?
    ya` lost me toni? the drawer sides would pretty much have to be cut at a larger radius than the inside of the face in order to have the tails follow the curve. here`s a hillbilly sketch-up
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    If you've got a stationary belt sander long enough to do the drawer width, you could do a homebrew version (fixed radius) of something like the fingerboard radius jig that Grizzly sells to sweep it through an arc.
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/G0577
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    ya` lost me toni? the drawer sides would pretty much have to be cut at a larger radius than the inside of the face in order to have the tails follow the curve. here`s a hillbilly sketch-up
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    Excuse me Tod, I apologise I had a lapsus, what I tried to mean was that being the end of the side rail a curve, the dovetails could be radial from the center point of the front curve. Those would be almost parallel (sides) dovetails, but dovetails after all wouldn't they? and it is my suposition that they would be easier to do and their tips would be less fragile than the others (left side) due to the grain orientation.

    I left the construction lines to clarify my point.

    BTW a "hillbilly sketch" is the same as a quick or rough sketch? Thanks for it and your help
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    Glenn.

    Thanks for the info it will help me a lot.

    Dough
    thanks, but I do not have a stationary belt sander I'm afraid.
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