Kitchen Shelf: Step By Step #2: Cutting and Fastening the Trim

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Blog entry by Greg Guarino posted 04-07-2014 01:31 AM 1536 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some years ago, before I attained my current woodworking “prowess” , it seemed to me that miters might be easily achieved with a miter saw, even a cheap one like mine. Sadder but wiser, I set out to miter a couple of corners for the 1×2 oak trim of my kitchen shelf unit. After a couple of unsatisfactory test pieces, and one abject failure on a piece 94” long, I decided to start again from scratch. I used a Wixey angle box and a couple of drafting triangles:

Setting Up to Cut the Miters

Setting Up to Cut the Miters

Setting Up to Cut the Miters

Setting Up to Cut the Miters

This worked passably well.

I set up to sand the trim. I’m finding dozens of handy things to do with handscrews: the Trim

Next, laying out the biscuit slots:
Laying Out Biscuit Slots

... and cutting them:
Cutting Biscuit Slots

This was my first experience with biscuits. I found cutting the slots to be very easy, at least until I had to remake a couple of pieces. I had put the joiner away, losing the depth setting in the process. After more test cuts and measurement than should really have been necessary, I had a good match.

Biscuits to Attach the Trim

Dry-fitting the pieces:
Attaching the Oak Trim

At the risk of repeating myself, handscrew clamps are very very handy.

Attaching the Oak Trim

Next, the glue-up.
Attaching the Oak Trim

... and a little trickery to clamp the end pieces on:
Attaching the Oak Trim

We’ll see what next weekend brings. A start to the finishing, I’m hoping.


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