Article By Les Hastings
Over the next several issues of WoodworkingMonthly, I will be sharing with you my method for constructing radius cabinet doors. The way that I make the doors can easily be done in any size shop, hopefully with the tools that you already have, with maybe one exception and that’s a horizontal router, but that is only needed if you plan to make the doors with raised panels. A small shaper would work also.
I was the shop manager for a high-end custom furniture and cabinet shop here in Wichita, Ks. for about 20 years. It seemed that every time I had to make radius doors it was such a big hassle. Along the way, I started trying to find an easier, more efficient method for making curved doors. Slowly, the process began evolving to where I’m at today. I use this same method all the time now. It's relatively easy and anyone can do it in a small home shop.
My hope is that some of you will try this along with me. There will be plenty of time between Woodworking Monthly issues to do the work. The doors can be made any size, to fit whatever kind of cabinet or piece of furniture that you can dream up. I will be here to answer any questions that you might have along the way.
In my shop, hanging high on the wall I have a sign that reads: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” To me, that’s what woodworking is all about - trying new things, pushing your limits.
Until next time, stay safe in the shop.