Well I started the Buffet / Hutch. If I don’t get started I won’t have anything to say without getting myself in trouble, when my wife asks me what I’m making in the shop.
I started out by making a full size template on plywood for all of the milling that needs to be done on the legs.
Can you believe that those two templates have all of the instructions for milling 8 surfaces on the legs?
Now you may ask what do you mean by 8 surfaces. This is the way that I was taught when you make a project with legs.
You number them. The right front is 1 and you go counterclock wise to 8. You only number the surfaces that touch another leg. Surfaces 1 and 8 are the front.
This allows you to make items like aprons and then you label the ends with the appropriate numbers. You might see the numbers on the shelf supports on the Thorsen Tables that I worked on.
When you dry fit a part you label it so that when you start to glue, you know that you have all of the appropriate parts, and the one’s you don’t need are put away. This keeps you from gluing the wrong part in at the wrong place.
After labeling the legs, I then put the marks for the mortises on the legs.
Then it was then on to the mortise machine to cut out square holes.
Cutting out the spaces between the ends of the mortise.
When you get done you better have matching holes in each of the adjoining pieces
Then it’s out to the Horizontal Router to cut the long mortises for the side panels.
Note to self and others Router bits do break. This one just dropped to the ground and didn’t go flying around. Praise the Lord! New router bit and complete the job.
Line up the ends in number order and verify that the cuts were made correctly.
Then match the other sides and check them out.
This is the pattern that I’m modifying for my kitchen. Fine Woodworking Jan / Feb 2007.
All done for tonight now to eat smoked chicken that was cooking with cherry wood smoke.
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