Veneering Curved Doors
No-hassle coopering is the core of this low-tech method
Synopsis: Make a curved door that’s light, strong, stable, and stylish with this traditional technique used by Garrett Hack. He creates a coopered core of solid wood sandwiched between layers of veneer. The coopered core gives the door strength and rigidity, while two layers of veneer on each face, with their grain at right angles to each other, perform like thin plywood to limit the core’s movement. Solid edging is added to conceal the core and make the door even more stable.
A curved door, even one with a slight radius, adds a lot of pizzazz to a piece. I use a traditional technique that gives me consistent results: a coopered core of solid wood with two layers of veneer on each face, their grain at right angles to each other. The result is a curved door that’s light, strong, stable, and appealing without the need for a…