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Forum topic by Brice1 posted 12-23-2011 03:31 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2011 03:31 PM

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I’m going to build a federal style jewel box and would like to add a double curved front. Does anyone have experience with shaping the fronts? Or an arched top? I know that I can kerf-cut MDF to get practically any curve I need, but am wondering if this is the best method. The box will be veneered so visible seems don’t matter – but core strength does. Any construction details would be appreciated.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 04:09 PM

Brice, I don’t have any personal experience with curved fronts, but I’ve seen them done a number of ways. One of the main considerations is whether you want the inside of the box to be rectangular, or if you want it to mach the curve of the outside. That decision will go a long way toward determining whether you want to proceed with kerf-cutting, a bent lamination, or just start off with thick material and cut the curves on the band saw.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 04:13 PM

Thanks Charlie – I think I’ll make the box with the interior to match the exterior curves, which leaves me with using the shaper and fine tuning by hand…

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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