Build a Curved-Front Desk
A smart approach to the joinery makes it an easier build
Synopsis: This desk is awash in curves: the inward curve of the front, the stepped heights of the drawer fronts, the shape of the legs, and the edge of the top—even the drawers have curved fronts. But before you discount it as too difficult (after all, joinery can be challenging on curved parts), take another look. Chris Gochnour’s method ensures that all of the joinery is cut while the parts are still straight, and they are shaped after the joinery is complete. He even has a trick for cutting the dovetails. That’s the key to simplifying this project—plus templates, and plenty of them.
Of all the furniture that I’ve designed, this desk is one of my favorites. I love its graceful lines and the inward curve of the front. The stepped drawer fronts echo that arc, but are also practical, creating space for your legs. The…