Serpentine Chest

Expand your casework repertoire with a curvaceous front.

By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 28-35

From the February 2012 issue #195.
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One of the most interesting aspects of a serpentine chest, with its front concave at the ends and convex in the center, is how the wood grain changes as the curves undulate across the front. A drawer front that begins as a piece of flat stock presents three distinct areas after shaping. The grain in the concave sections displays an “X” pattern, while the grain in the center section forms a circle. The patterns highlight the curved front to give the chest a more distinctive appearance.

* In the cut list for the Serpentine Chest, the drawer fronts were incorrectly listed as 1 -3/4″ thick; the correct thickness for each drawer front is  2-3/4.”

MODEL: Click here for the SketchUp model of the Serpentine Chest.

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IN OUR STORE: “Building 18th-Century American Furniture” by Glen D. Huey – an extensive collection of project plans of the author’s favorite furniture pieces. Also, Glen’s video, “Cheating at Handcut Dovetails.”

From the February 2012 issue #195.
Buy the issue now.