Wow, this is an expensive hobby. I mulled around a bunch of different design ideas and every time, it would require a new tool or skill. I’ve settled on a frame-like box, so I can put the spindles inside the frame part. I am going to build 3 frames with 1/4 maple backing so I can put the spindles on. Back will be solid maple. The corners are going to be mitre. I am going to use biscuits on the mitre edges, top, and back. Do people really think that is “cheating” on wood working? I am new, and dont have the ability or cash yet to do other things.
I milled the maple down to 5/8. Side Note: I attempted to replace my planer blades on 15 year old Delta from craigslist. I sliced my finger, stripped a nut (so impossible to change), and after 3 hours pulled out the credit card and went to Home Depot. 13” Ridgid 3 blade sitting in the shop now. Big difference, but wish I didnt have to do it.
The pictures are my first attempt at mitre corners. I did a test run that went well, but of course the real thing isnt that easy. The 4 new bessey’s are coming in handy. I may have to re-cut a single new corner. Its a bit out of square. I am hoping I can just joint it to square it up. Any other suggestions?
-- I specialize in expensive mistakes.