I cut a long piece of the African mahogany 3” wide. I original use ¾” but didn’t like the way it looked so I planed it down to 5/8”. I ran it through my router table using a Freud Roman Ogee router bit # 38362.
I first cut the front piece. I used the same angles that I used on the main case. After cutting the side angles, the pieces didn’t fit based on the angles I cut them.
When I glued the sides of the main case together the angles came out different from what I original designed. I used my digital protractor/angle finder against the case to discover the new angles.
I then divided it in two and used that angle to cut a new side piece.
The fit was much better. Although the photo still shows a gap, it’s the uneven floor. When the piece is pushed together it fits perfect.
I left extra on the back because I’ll finish it later.
I was having problem with the doors. I made a prototype and didn’t like the way it looked. I know the prototype doesn’t look that good but I still wouldn’t like it if I had made it perfect.
It took a couple of days studying the doors to figure out what was wrong. I though of using a slab door but didn’t really like that idea. When I came across this photo, I realized what the problem was.
I discovered I didn’t like the doors because the design of the doors, with the rails and stiles, were square. If I miter cut the corners the door looked like I wanted it to. I started with a long 2” wide by ¾” thick piece. I used a miter drawer frame router bit from MLCS. Since my door frame had to be smaller than the usual 2-1/2”, instead of using the usual door bit I used the smaller miter drawer bit (Item # 8778).
I used a wider board than I needed so once it was routed I cut it to length on the table saw. I then sanded the piece.
To cut the miter corners I decided to make a table saw miter cutting jig. The jig worked perfect to cut the door frame.
I’m waiting on a router bit I order online to cut the slot in the side of the frame where the raised panel will fit.
I cut the raise panel section to size then routed it with a Rockler Ogee raised panel bit # 60971, which has a back cutter.
I’m not sure what type of hinge I’ll use.
Miter Cutting Jig
I used a ¾” Baltic Birch piece of plywood (15-7/8” X 13-1/4”). ½” plywood could be used be I didn’t have a piece the size I needed. It’s an unusual size because I didn’t cut the piece I had on hand. I cut some cherry wood; I had on hand, and cut it to size to use as the miter sled. The miter guide bars came to ¾” wide X 5/16” deep X 19-3/8” long.
I read different articles about building one of these sleds, and some talking about aligning the plywood exactly at 90 degrees to the miter slots. I don’t see a need for this because even it you install the plywood at an angle it still wouldn’t matter. The key to the jig’s accuracy is installing the miter fences precisely at 90°.
If you would like further information about this jig, you can go to my website where I put the instructions in detail.
For the top I made some cauls and special cauls for my pipe clamps.
To read more about this you’ll need to go to my web site.
I ended up using liquid Hide glue to glue up the top. I purchased some flakes but didn’t use them for this product. The reason I decided on hide glue was because I first ran a test with the different glues.
I’ve always had some problems cleaning the glue so it doesn’t show through the stain unless I ran the wood through a planer and removed a lot of wood. I don’t have this opinion in this piece. I can sand it but I can’t remove too much wood.
I’ve never used hide glue so wasn’t sure about it. The old story about wanting to stay in my comfort zone. With the test I glued two piece together of the same wood I’m using. I did one with TB III and the other with TB liquid Hide glue. I removed the TBIII as it started to harden like I normally do. With the hide glue I also waited until it started to harden, then I used warm water to remove the squeeze out. I left both clamped overnight. The following day I used 400 grit and sanded each very little. I then stained both piece and couldn’t believe how the hide glue didn’t show at all anywhere on the wood. When I glued the piece together I purposely got glue everywhere to see if it would clean up. The Hide glue worked so much better than the TB III I can’t wait to try the flakes.
Hide glue also has a long open time, which I also needed so set all the cauls in place. Once the top was glued and clamped I let it set overnight.
Once the top was glued together and the glue residue was removed, I drew the outline of the top on the back. I marked an extra couple of inched out from this line for the overhang. I used a circular saw with a straight edge to cut the top to shape. The corners are still unfinished and I’m trying to figure out what router bit to use on the top and what molding to go with it.
Since I’ve never finished Mahogany before I’m not sure what would look best. I searched the web and LJ for ideas. Based on what I learned it appears I’ll first use no wax Shellac (cut in half with denatured alcohol). Then I stain it and the last step is to fill it. I thought filling would be first but since its solvent based and not water based, the filling is done last.
I purchased about $100 worth of different type and colors of stain.
I’m not sure what type of router bit I’ll be using for the table top edge. I know I’m going to add some molding under the table top but I’m not sure what is going to be yet.
I welcome any suggestions, ideas, or comments.
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