Curved desk front---HELP!!

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by albachippie posted 08-29-2010 05:51 PM 2635 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View albachippie's profile


772 posts in 3062 days

08-29-2010 05:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip oak veneering shaping modern

Hi guys, I haven’t been here for a while. New baby and a sudden upsurge in customers has taken precedence unfortunately.

Anyways, I have won a contract to fit out a small office with three bookcases and a desk. This is great for me because it is exactly the type of work I want to be involved with. Unfortunately the client only has a budget for cabinets made from Conti (a decorative faced chipboard). To enhance the look and feel I suggested using an oak finish with solid oak nosings to all fore edges.

All good so far.

The problem for me comes with the desk front, and the two shelves above, having a curve.

The help required from you experts comes from the question,

“How to I curve 3/4” oak planks to a radius of approx 1m?”

My thoughts would be to cut the oak down to maybe 1/4” strips, make a former and glue the strips together in a laminate formation to the required radius. When the glue dries this should hold the required curve.

What are your thoughts?

Any input would be hugely appreciated,



-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

5 replies so far

View fussy's profile


980 posts in 3078 days

#1 posted 08-30-2010 07:35 AM


A drawing with sizes would be helpful. Also, are you planning to use white oak?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3313 days

#2 posted 08-30-2010 05:46 PM

Your basic idea should work, but 1/4” thick pieces might be too thick for that radius.
You’ll have to play with it to find out. Water or steam bending could help too.


View albachippie's profile


772 posts in 3062 days

#3 posted 09-07-2010 09:20 AM

Hi guys, thanks for the input.

I have tried to up load some CAD pictures but no success as yet. I have never tried steam or water bending, but may give that a go Kent. shopguryl, that link to Dennis’ project is helpful. Was along the lines of what I was thinking.

I’ll post pics of the progress and outcome in due course,

Thanks again,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

View Greg's profile


330 posts in 2900 days

#4 posted 09-07-2010 09:28 AM

For me, the ripping and gluing is far easier to accomplish than steam bending for a 1 time project. Like the others say, the thickness of your pieces will depend on the length and radius as well as the height of the bending piece.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

View albachippie's profile


772 posts in 3062 days

#5 posted 09-30-2010 10:47 PM

Well, I decided to have a go at laminating, but couldn’t get the finish I wanted. So I thought I’d try steam bending. Always thought this type of work would be far beyond my capabilities, but, as it turns out, it seems to have worked! I got loads of info from this forum on building a steam box and how to use it. So far I’ve steamed the oak and clamped it using ratchet ties. Going to leave it overnight and have a look in the morning at the result. Thanks again for the input all,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics