Curved rail and stile panel; how to?

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Forum topic by pashley posted 08-16-2010 01:12 AM 1221 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2010 01:12 AM

I came across this mission style credenza, and I was wondering, how did they do the side panels? Notice they are arched. The rails and stiles – ok, fine, cut them on a band saw – but what about the panels? This is white oak, and I don’t think you can steam bend that!

Anyone have guesses?

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 01:57 AM

It is not terribly diFficult to start with thicker boards and saw them to the proper curve. The unit pictured is not a real tight curve and a 6/4 blank would yield all the needed panels would be my guess. Once band sawn, they can be quickly cleaned up with planes or a belt sander. Even if the curve is not exact, it will bend into the stiles quite easily.


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