Pennsylvania Spice Box for Mom #5: Finishing external details on case

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Blog entry by SPHinTampa posted 05-25-2012 05:02 PM 3754 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the last blog entry, I completed the interior elements. Now I will turn to the completion of the external elements of the case.

Where I started.

Where I finished.

During this session I completed the following:

1. Create base molding
2. Nail base molding
3. Create crown molding
3. Glue crown molding on
4. Add filler strip
5. Attach feet

I started with the base molding from the plan. It is sized to just cover the lower dovetails. I made a mistake and cut the rabbit at 90 deg. I should have cut it at 89 deg like the plan suggested so that I got a tighter fit to the case.

The base molding was pretty basic. Cut the profile with a cove bit.

Use the table saw to cut rabbet in the molding.

Fit the base molding to the case and cut to length.

Cut the miters using the miter gauge.

Next step is to use a number 10 counter sink to drill holes.

I used #8 screws to accommodate wood movement.

Next step was to make crown molding.

Cut out material to make quirk.

And then remove material for lower crown.

Use round over for top quirk.

Use core box bit to cut upper cove, inching up to cut full profile.

Use round over bit to cut lower curve.

Glue molding to upper case.

During glue up, I knocked the case is slightly out of square. As a result, I have to fit the actual angles.

Use the sliding bevel gauge to match the angle.

Cut a test piece using miter gauge.

Use test strip to get final fit

Glue final crown piece.

With the crown molding done, I turned to the feet.

I attached a filler strip along the back to get a consistent base height.

Then used multiple clamps to attach feet to base.

And I am done the outer case.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 05:13 PM

Coming along nicely. Thanks for bloggin!

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 07:15 PM

AWESOME work, Shawn…... absolutely AWESOME!

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 02:09 PM

Gorgeous looking cabinet!

Great photo essay, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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