Curved Drawer Fronts

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Forum topic by willie posted 04-11-2008 05:45 PM 6050 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2008 05:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: curved drawer front joining

Hello All,

I am in the middle of building a dresser with 12 drawers. ALL of them have curved drawer fronts. The 4 drawers on each side have concave curves and the 4 in the middle have convex curves. The challange is what type of joint and how to cut it, attaching the drawer sides to the curved drawer fronts. The piece of furniture I am duplicating has sliding dovetail joints. I’m just not sure if that is the best joint, much less the less difficult joint to cut. I figured once I got to the point of building the drawers I would need to build some type of jig to make these cuts.

Does anyone have any knowledge of building curved drawer fronts and the joinery required, but most important, HOW to make those joints?

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#1 posted 04-11-2008 06:46 PM

One easy and real nice looking way is to use dowels:

The best part is that you can drill the sides first then glue the drawers together. Then drill again using the
holes in the sides as guides to drill deep into the drawer fronts. Perfect alignment everytime and very strong.

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

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#2 posted 04-11-2008 06:55 PM

do you have some pics to see what they will look like? makes it a bit easier to offer suggestions if I get a visual

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#3 posted 04-11-2008 07:17 PM

I don’t have a picture, but I do have a drawing of the dresser that I am building but I don’t know how to upload thim here

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