Making Bow front drawers


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On 5/3/2024 at 2:15 PM, BillyJack said:

A lot of the  older pieces would have a flat back, but a bowed front. I feel they did that for stability..

Yeah,  I thought of that but that would make a really heavy draw front - about 2 1/2" thick in the center.  12/4 lumber? Thinking out loud>>>>>>I could glue 2 or 3 boards together to get the thickness.  Joints won't show if I veneer the outside.  It would give me a nice reference surface for cuttting the drawer to final width and it would make laying out the dovetails much easier.  Then, I could hog (resaw) out the back of the drawer with the band saw and sand it smooth.  Yeah, if I do this again I may just take your suggestion.  Making the fronts curved- laminated has created all kinds of extra work and challenges because I don't have good reference surfaces.  I am at the point of trying to figure out how to do the dovetails on the end of a curved laminated board that I can't put in a vise like I usually do to scribe the dovetail shape on the end of the front.  Thanks for the comment.

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Thank you for sharing your detailed process and insights! Your journey with making and veneering bow front drawers is truly enlightening. The challenges you faced with the brick layup method and the solution of using 1/8" flexply to laminate the drawers are very helpful for anyone attempting a similar project. Building the form first and considering the potential for spring back shows great foresight. Your advice on making the drawer fronts before adjusting the cabinet curve is especially valuable. While it may feel like time lost, the knowledge gained is invaluable. Keep up the fantastic work!

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