Bowfront Hall Table
I have an unusual wall in my house that curves and wanted a table to fit up against it. I designed a bowfront table where the front and back aprons have curved bent laminations and a matching top.
It starts with a sketch.
A mock up of the table top. Glad I did this as after seeing it “in person” I decided to make the top 1” narrower from front to back.
Bending form for the aprons made of several layers of MDF.
Six 1/8” slices to make up the 3/4” aprons. Walnut was resawn on the bandsaw then brought to final thickness with the drum sander.
Glued and clamped up.
Carefully squaring up the stock on the tablesaw.
Drawer cut out from the front apron so the grain is continuous. .
Domino at an angle.
So far so good.
Leg front faces get an angle, to match the curve of the apron, by running across the jointer with the fence set at a few degrees off of 90.
And this is what we get.
I missed some pics here but I just marked out the aprons for the dadoes and rabbets for the drawer rails. Those were then cut at the tablesaw.
Stretcher is dovetailed to the drawer rails. The cove is for finger access when opening the drawer.
And here’s the drawer.
Base pre-finished with Osmo TopOil.
Used a router to make a 1/8” groove for brass bar to be inlaid to.
After the brass was inlaid it was carefully sanded flush to the walnut. The top was sanded to 320
Edge treatment was done with a fingernail bit for the bottom curve and a chamfer bit for the top.
And that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the overview of the build. Any questions, ask away!