Wall Cabinet with Curves
A combination of old techniques and new machinery makes working with curves less painful
Synopsis: This wall cabinet has curved doors, tapered dividers, and an intricate frame-and-panel back, and it’s those details that make it sweet. Clark Kellogg shapes the doors first, then builds the cabinet to match them, cutting curves in the top and bottom to fit the curves in the doors. Slip tenons or Dominoes are his joinery choice. The frame-and-panel back follows the lines of the cabinet, including the interior drawers, and adds a lot of interest.
This cabinet was my first big project as a student in the Fine Woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods. My inspiration was a cabinet-on-stand made by James Krenov, which I was fortunate to see in person. Although the cabinet is modest in size, I was struck by its subtle details, flawless proportions, and balanced exploration of form: a restrained exterior matched with a playfully arranged interior. So, when I was told…