Custom Desk #1: Curved Dovetailed Drawers

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 04-12-2008 02:57 PM 1896 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Willie asked yesterday if I could explain how I make dovetails on curved drawers.

I may have just made it more confusing than it needs to be.

I was able to find a few photos of making a drawer for a desk I built.

I hope this helps.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-12-2008 03:11 PM

Beautiful and unique way to do dovetails Lee. Wish I had your experience and prowess. I’d be rich probably like you are. Keep teaching us pickers the ropes, thanks, mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-12-2008 03:15 PM

That’s an awful lot of chiseling.

Very nice!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-12-2008 03:30 PM

That’s a real engineering job Lee….. talk about talent, you got it. Thanks for the info.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#4 posted 04-12-2008 03:48 PM

Very Nice. Simple design once you figure it out. The difficulty is all in the execution.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 04-12-2008 03:55 PM


I know how to hold a paint brush, but ask me to copy the Mona Lisa and it ain’t gonna look anything at all like da Vinci’s. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-12-2008 04:16 PM

Nice job Lee. Just make it simple and do it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-12-2008 04:48 PM

Very nicely executed Lee.
I can’t believe the hours of training and practice that one represents.
My hats off to you Lee.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 04-12-2008 06:00 PM


This is a wonderful post. I read Willie’s post but didn’t have a clue how to help him. I can at least understand the process now. Now if I could only handcut dovetails. I know practice, practice, practice is the key.

Thanks for the post. I found it to be both informative and instructional as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 04-12-2008 06:20 PM

wow lee that looks awesome! i just finished a one week hand tools intensive course , our finally project was hand cut compound dovetails, all i can say is they look amazing when done right and yours are done perfect. thanks for the inspiration.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 04-12-2008 08:37 PM

That is just truly awsome. Good thinking and execution. Well done sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 04-12-2008 08:39 PM

Hi Guys;

Thank you all for the great comments on this drawer technique.

Coming from this group of people it means a lot!

As Charlie M says above with his signature line: “Woodworking – patience = firewood”.

Or at the very least, a smaller project! LOL

That really is the key to it all!



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 04-12-2008 10:09 PM

Lee. You make it look so easy. Well at least we don’t see the hours of practice that it took to get there.

A great looking job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 04-12-2008 10:24 PM

Hi Karson;

Thank you my friend. Coming from you it means a lot.

Maybe we can try this at the picnic. ( If I can remember how) lol


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 04-13-2008 12:07 AM


I wished we lived closer so I could apprentice with you. Another great job!

-- Bob A in NJ

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 04-13-2008 12:41 AM

Hey Bob;

Thanks the kind words.

You’d probably find out you know more than me!

Maybe we can play around with this technique at the picnic this year.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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