Curved Drawer Front Night Stands

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Project by BadgerJoe posted 03-15-2015 08:10 PM 1258 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of nightstands that I’ve just recently completed. This was the first attempt I’ve made at doing any curves on a project, and I achieved the look by cutting individual pieces of 3/4’ pine and laminating them together. The process was actually less time consuming than I would have anticipated – once the jigs were set up, it actually went pretty fast.

The open sides can be filled with removable upholstered panels to add some texture, and allow for “updating” the style in the future – if one was so inclined, you could even change the inserts seasonally.

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 09:27 PM

Beautiful shape. I like shabby chic style on your projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 09:37 PM

clever idea obtaining the curves! well done!

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 10:52 PM

Thanks Ivan, the shape was hand drawn and then transferred to a template. I wish I had access to a CNC router to cut the template (or all of the pieces for that matter), because hand drawing and transferring the shape resulted in slight variation between left and right sides. it’s not visible on the project; however, it made it necessary to mark the orientation of each piece during construction – something that would not have been necessary if each side was an exact mirror image.

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 10:02 AM

Well done Joe

Now something I found doing curves that may be of interest.

Mark out your shape on a piece of paper but only draw half.
Fold the paper in half and trace over the original artwork.
You now have a symeterical pattern to work with.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 11:44 AM

That was the same approach that I used; however, where I ran into trouble was translating the paper drawing onto a rigid template. I first traced it onto a 1/4” piece of plywood, cut the rough shape on the band saw, then sanded it down to the final shape. The sanding phase is where things went awry, as I didn’t sand it perfectly symmetrical. I then transferred the 1/4” ply template onto a 3/4” MDF template with a flush trim bit. After trimming close to 100 of these shapes with a flush trim bit with straight flutes, I ended up buying one with angled/helical flutes… I am amazed at how much nicer the one with angled flutes cut! A little more expenses, but well worth the price.

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 01:49 PM

nice work. They look great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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