Curved Panels for Furniture
Solid, kerf-bent core can be tapered, too
Synopsis: Learn to make curved panels that taper in thickness and look and behave like solid wood. David Haig has a system that uses a solid-wood core, kerfed across its width, encased in face veneers and steam-bent edging. This technique can be used for tapered panels or those of uniform width. It is quicker and more economical of material than bent-lamination, and allows the tightest part of the curve to be located at any point along the panel. Learn how he does it.
I first began bending wood to build my signature rocker. I learned steam-bending and loved the results I could achieve with chair parts. Then I began wondering how I could bend panels for case furniture. The technique I developed allows me to make curved panels that taper in thickness and will look and behave just like solid wood. Of course, with the same technique I can also…