Kerf-bent wall cabinet
Philip Morley's small wall cabinet has sides that curve inward at the top, with an asymmetrical arrangement of drawers, door, and open shelves.
Synopsis: This small wall cabinet has sides that curve inward at the top, with an asymmetrical arrangement of drawers, door, and open shelves. The curved tapered sides are fashioned using kerf-bending, a technique in which Morley cuts slots into a poplar core, bends them, and then veneers them with ash. The kerfed core is very flexible and makes bending easy. Other parts are shaped with the use of templates.
A few years ago, I built a long cabinet with tapered sides that curved outward at the top. I made extra parts, planning to build a second identical cabinet. But when I happened to see the extra sides flipped around on my bench, I envisioned instead a smaller wall cabinet with sides that curved inward at the top. I did a rough sketch, working out the asymmetrical arrangement with one section left open, and went right to building it. Since then…