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In this video workshop, Matt Kenney shows you how to add vacuum press veneering to your woodworking skill set by building a bowfront cabinet that features a subtle curve on its flush front and a beautiful mix of cherry, Douglas fir, and cocobolo. You’ll learn how to make shop-sawn veneers for curved doors and drawers, and a few joinery tricks for making drawers with curved fronts. This wall cabinet might be small, but it’s chock-full of great techniques that open up a new world of woodworking.
I actually taught philosophy before I started working as an editor at Fine Woodworking. I built furniture as a hobby and I made my first project, a crib for my daughter, on a 2 ft. by 10 ft. apartment balcony. Then I met Joe Mazurek, a professional furniture maker in Camden, SC. He let me hang out in his shop and taught me almost everything I know about the craft.
Produced by: Lisa Morgan; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Tom Olivares
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June 21, 2013
Matt Kenney offers an overview of his step-by-step video series on building a Bowfront Wall Cabinet. Episode 1 will be available on Friday, June 28th.
Learn how to make easy work of curved furniture parts by preparing all the templates and bending forms required for this project using router techniques.
Learn how to cut and fit the Bowfront Cabinet's primary dovetail joinery. Episode 3 will be available on Friday, July 12th.
Complete the construction of the cabinet with the shelves and drawer dividers.
Using the bending form construct curved, veneered doors over solid cores.
Produce your own shop-sawn veneers and edge banding for a seamless grain match on the cabinet doors.
Construct curved drawer fronts using bent lamination techniques.
Add a back, custom drawer and door pulls, and learn about two different finishing techniques.
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