Curved Door with Flat Glass Planes
A straightforward technique for setting straight panes into curved rails
Synopsis: A curved or bow-front feature gives a sophisticated look to a cabinet, but curved glass is expensive. A good compromise is to set straight panes of glass into curved rails. The trick is to use multiple panes and set them into straight rabbets routed into the back of the laminated, curved rails. The mullions are grooved and angled, too. Clark Kellogg shows you how.
From Fine Woodworking #224
A curved or bow-front feature gives a sophisticated look to any piece of furniture. The downside of adding glass is the high price of curved panes. I learned a good compromise at the College of the Redwoods, where founder James Krenov developed a straightforward technique for setting straight panes into curved rails. And I have continued to use it.
This technique isn’t difficult. The curved door rails are laminated over a bending form. Then, a rabbet with three facets is routed into…