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curved dovetails on small lingerie chest

comments (24) December 8th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

rcheek rcheek, member
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I built this lingerie chest of quilted mahogany and curved the fronts of the drawers, alternately concave and convex, using curved dovetails of my own design.

Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, chest of drawers, curved dovetails

Comments (24)

Antoniobro Antoniobro writes: It's almost like Kerfing! ahahahhaha
Posted: 8:35 pm on February 18th

lindajnm lindajnm writes: Absolutely fabulous- design and execution.
Posted: 1:33 pm on September 5th

SevenfingerJack SevenfingerJack writes: Wonderful sets of dovetails. I may be the only one however who is thinking how will the double curve sides hold up over time? I believe with the width of the sides and with the double curve's things will self distruct. Am I wrong?
What do I know anyway, as I can't come even close to what these dovetails are... Jack
Posted: 12:50 pm on March 13th

McCanon McCanon writes:'o. Keep on Truck'n. Great Thinking.
Posted: 2:29 pm on February 11th

evandene evandene writes: Wow, great job, nice materials used, you have inspired me, thanks.
Posted: 4:40 am on January 22nd

Rooty_Tooty Rooty_Tooty writes: Absolutely gorgeous! Please post more photos so we can see the whole project!
Posted: 12:35 am on January 19th

risktaker53 risktaker53 writes: RussMc...

What is a cynic? Is a cynic a man who is distrustful? An extreme pessimist? Or a realist?

For me a cynic is a man who is distrustful without reason. Pessimist without proof. And a realist only when it involves the negative. In other words:

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

-H. L. Mencken

Posted: 4:35 pm on January 18th

RussMc RussMc writes: I hate to be a cynic. But if you zoom in on the top picture and look at the top complete dovetail, it looks like the dovetail is a separate piece that is glued in. Could be just the lighting, and I apologize for falsely accusing, but with no explanation of how it was done, we are left with only our imagination and the zoom control in the bottom right corner on internet explorer.
Still, it does look great, and in all honesty, if I had designed something like this, I would have cheated by using a router to make the dovetail slots in the curved drawer sides and glue in matching pieces to make it easy - the drawer front I would then attach with glue and hidden biscuits or dowels. I say if it still looks the same and has the same strength, why not?
Posted: 9:29 am on January 18th

Rich67 Rich67 writes: Thats great work. Was the the front from a solid piece or was it steam bent first?
Nice to see something different for a change.


Posted: 4:54 am on January 18th

Hoods_Woods Hoods_Woods writes: Looks great, very creative.
Posted: 8:59 pm on January 11th

mgpuma mgpuma writes: Just proves the point woodworking is an art.b
Posted: 8:15 am on January 11th

barelygettinby barelygettinby writes: The amount of creativity and craftsmanship is amazing. It's nice to see someone break away from the dovetail jig and do it by hand for a change.
Posted: 5:52 pm on January 10th

labolle labolle writes: All the dovetails in the contest show great skill, except the cove and pin ones which, done with a jig, in my mind should disqualify them from a contest such as this.

These curved dovetails stand out above all the other for the design, execution, and level of difficulty. For those reasons I think these should win the prize.

Nicely done. Congratulations.
Posted: 10:00 am on January 7th

tom_ryan tom_ryan writes: Beautiful. However, I think for the strongest dovetail joint, the center line of the pins should be parallel to the grain of the the tailboard. It probably wouldn't look as cool cut that way. But for me, the fact that sloped pins aren't the strongest interferes with my appreciation of the beauty.
Posted: 7:25 pm on January 5th

plcon plcon writes: Incredible fine woodworking. I can imagine the amount of time spent doing this beautiful piece of art. I'd like to see a picture of the whole project. Congrats.
Posted: 9:33 am on January 4th

Brundo Brundo writes: I can not say I like it. But degree of difficulty on scale 1 to 10 deserves 10.
Posted: 8:37 am on January 4th

Brundo Brundo writes: I can not say I llike it. But degree of difficulty on scale 1 to 10 deserves 10.
Posted: 8:36 am on January 4th

petrofiedwoodworker petrofiedwoodworker writes: WOW. thats really thinking inside the box. Nice job.
Posted: 2:38 pm on December 30th

lorafa lorafa writes: Very nice. Top notch job.
Posted: 12:24 pm on December 28th

gpdmtr25 gpdmtr25 writes: If I was a judge for the drawer contest you would get my vote. Amazing stuff.
Posted: 6:12 pm on December 25th

gregcha gregcha writes: Amazing! how did you do that?
Posted: 10:27 am on December 19th

rcheek rcheek writes: Reply to HowardPeson: six months. The wood was SO EXPENSIVE that I made full size plans and was VERY careful...rcc
Posted: 12:32 pm on December 11th

wabhughug wabhughug writes: Beautiful job, those dovetails make a really good job look outstanding. Now find enough clients who appreciate what it costs to do that.
Posted: 2:10 pm on December 9th

HowardPeson HowardPeson writes: Very cool. Looks terrific. How long did that take?
Posted: 9:32 am on December 9th

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