Solid Method for Curved Drawers
Smart bent lamination gives the look and feel of solid wood
Synopsis: Suppose you have a special piece of figured wood that you want to stretch for use on a series of curved drawer fronts. You can slice it into veneer and use it on bent-laminated, curved core, but that would limit your joinery options. Or would it? Stewart Wurtz demonstrates a time-tested method that uses a bent-laminated core but gives you the appearance and joinery options of solid wood—including half-blind dovetails. See how he does it.
I’d like to share a technique for making curved drawer fronts that have a bent laminated core but give you the appearance and joinery options of solid wood. This lets you stretch a single plank of special wood across a series of curved drawers, yet still join the drawers with traditional half-blind dovetails. The key to the technique is to glue a block of solid wood to each end of the drawer front’s…