In this blog I’ll be using pictures I took while building my wife’s “Makeup Dresser”. If you haven’t seen the ’’Makeup Dresser”and would like to you can view it at the link below.
After the Cabriole leg are finished I glue up the panels for the two ends and the back of the dresser. I cut them to size and allow for the length of the l tenons in the sizing cuts because I’m using integral tenons. You may also use loose tenons if that fits your work methods. BTW if you noticed the book in the lower right hand corner I recommend this book highly. The book is mostly just picture and not much in the way of instructions but shows how furniture goes together. The name of the book is “Illustrated Cabinetmaking” written by “Bill Hylton”.
Once I have the panels made and sized it’s time to make the tenons. I start that process on my shaper. I mount two rebate cutters with the appropriate sized spacer between the rebate heads and cut one long tenon on the ends of all the panels.
Here I’m picking out the correct number of spacers.
Now I round the edges of the tenons with a file a do a test fit. Once I know the tenons and leg fit correctly I lay out the profiles on the bottoms of the panels and cut them. I don’t have a picture of laying out and cutting the profiles on the bottoms of the side pieces so you’ll just have to imagine that.
Now I’m ready to start making the face frame for the front of the piece. From here on I didn’t take as many photos as I should have. At the time I had no Idea I’d ever be trying to write a blog about it’s construction.
First I’m going to make the top stretcher of the front frame. It gets dovetailed into the top of the front two legs. I used my router table to cut the dovetails on both the stretcher and the top of the legs. Since the router leaves a rounded area in the bottom of the leg dovetail socket some chisel work is need to flatten the bottom.
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