Bow front, chest of drawers
I’m making a bow front chest of drawers, but the laminated drawer fronts don’t line up too well with the drawer dividers. If I could do it again from the start I know what I would do different.
I will be applying an ebony cock-bead around the front but I’m not sure that’s enough to disguise the irregularities. I’m just wondering if anyone has any ideas on what I could do to improve it.
Are the drawer dividers (blades) glued in? They can be pared with a spokeshaves to line up better to the laminated drawers and it would be easier if they were not glued.
Yes they are all glued in now. Thanks for the input, I’m thinking a little spokeshaving of the dividers and sides is going to be the best bet
How thick are your show surface layers? Maybe you can split the diff between shaving the fronts and shaping the dividers to get them to line up. You can still cheat the drawers forward to help hide it before adding the ebony detail to bury it forever.
They’re about 2.5mm thick, sorry I use metric system here! Thanks for the input, I’m thinking a little spokeshaving of the dividers and sides is going to be the best bet plus a small amount off the fronts like you suggest.
Nobody will ever know once you have applied the beading. Stop worrying. You've made something amazing there and it must hurt that it isn't spot on, but it's a really good piece of work even so.
Beading is a really good way to disguise any number of mistakes and is part of your plan anyway so will do the trick.
In this case the error looks bigger than it is because of the unfortunate lighting and shadow effects. These will go away with beading and be replaced by a uniform darkness. As you will be using ebony, I suspect that the dark shadow and the dark wood will merge and no-one will ever see. Except you. It will suck for you but I can't help that.
Try making a small amount of the beading with some scrap stained to match the ebony (in case you change your mind) and stick on with tape -that way you will be able to see if it works out (please post pics!)
Otherwise @MJ has the easiest solution - 2.5 is fairly thick so even a mm off the veneer will likely be fine and no-one is ever going to put a rule against the dividers though I'd personally steer clear of touching them as you've got drawers with slightly over and under radius curves and you can't really get the middle divider to match both.
The most painful solution is to put another layer of veneer on top. Shame over the show veneer, but that will give you enough thickness to sand to perfection. If perfection is the only option for you, then sadly, that too is all you can do.
I've many a good many bow-fronted chests. In all cases, I made the drawer fronts solid, dovetailed them, and shaped the bow afterwards.
If I were to laminate the drawer fronts instead, I would do so first, before the drawer blades are installed, and glue up the lamination using epoxy to prevent any movement, such as spring back. Now you can shape the drawer blades, and be sure that they will match the drawer fronts.
Regards from Perth
A bit late but next time make the drawer fronts extra tall,rip off the excess,and use it as the bow.Depending on the design,make the fronts and the bows as one continuous veneer extending over all the front of the chest