Arched Top Cabinet Doors
Make arched raised-panel doors
Synopsis: Bill Ewing developed a quick way to cut arched doors, using an adjustable jig that allows him to cut raised-panel doors of almost any size. He says it’s best to set design parameters first, such as 1-in. arches, and then make two easy-to-build accurate templates – one for the rail, and one for the panel. He builds the doors oversized and trims them to fit. The rail-cutting sequence is key, he says, as is a dry-run. Ewing also offers tips on shaping the panel and on matching the grain to the arch. Side information describes how to find the perfect curve.
In woodworking, as in architecture, arches can be both decorative and functional. Positioned below the main structure, an arch adds strength without the visual weight of heftier underpinnings. Placed higher up, such as in the upper rail of a bookcase, an arch lends a bit of elegance. Adding…