I started my next project based on an idea I got from a gorgeous piece of maple that I had laying around which I found when I cleaned out my shop recently. The board was an impulse buy several months ago. I didn’t have a use in mind for it when I bought it. It was 6’ long, almost 10” wide and a little over 1/2” thick.
This is the design I came up with for a Concave Chest of Drawers:
Some of the Features will change as I start building, especially on the structure of the legs. Also the ugly knobs are just placeholders. My Sketchup drawings are really just a “Sketch” to give me a visual idea of space, proportion, and design ideas.
I didn’t take a very good photo of the board before I started chopping it up, but it has a lot of figure.
Chopping it into the four sides:
The first “sneak peak” to get a sense of space and size:
I decided to keep the joinery simple. I cut the finger joints on my router table and Incra fence.
Here are the finger joints:
And the dry-fit:
I used a cutoff of the maple, piece of string, and a few clamps to draw the arcs (the depth of the arc was just determined by what looked good when I tightened the string):
I love carpet tape! And here I am using it to attach the top and bottom before cutting out the arc.
I cut the arc on the bandsaw:
And cleaned it up a bit with the spindle sander. (The other pencil line you see here was where I originally drew the arc but decided to put it on the other side because the wood had a better face)...
The last “sneak peak”... (in this photo you can start to see some of the figure in the maple)
I plan on making Bent-laminations for the five drawer fronts. The drawers will be about 2.5” tall with lots of dividers for jewelry. I have not decided on wood for the legs yet. They will probably not be as contrasting as the Sketchup design above. The drawer fronts will be maple as requested by my wife… (“its for me, right?”)
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