The simple, pleasing shape of a serpentine drawer front is not all that simple to design and construct. Jeff Headley first builds a core from layers of a secondary wood such as poplar, veneers the curved surface, fits the drawer front to the carcase opening, and applies cock beading around the drawer. Here, he offers two methods for building the core and takes you step by step through the process of fitting the curved core to the case. He offers tips for cutting dovetails in the curved surface, as well as fitting the veneer and applying the beading. An accompanying Master Class article, he details how to add an oval inlay to the veneered drawer front.

From Fine Woodworking #199