Round Chess Table w/Drawers

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04-26-2015 02:22 PM

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Hey folks, I’ve been asked to make a round chess table with drawers for storage. I purchased some of the bendable plywood for the sides but I’m struggling with the design for the drawers to get everything to match up. How do I make sure the curvature of the drawers match the sides? Do I make the drawer fronts from solid Walnut to match everything else?

First time doing something like this so I am looking for design tips.


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 04-26-2015 09:35 PM

Simplest method is to do a false front then create a dovetailed drawer using extra-thick solid wood for the front which gets the curve sawn after joinery has been cut. Then, you attach the false front made with the same construction as the apron to the drawer box.

The drawer box without the false front would look like the one below.

I’d be inclined not to cut the inner portion of the curve out as done in the picture. Unless you really need the extra storage space I’d opt for the strength advantage of leaving the inner face straight.

The reason you don’t make the front of that out of walnut then use it as the show face is due to the fact that sawn curves look nothing like veneered curves.

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