In the last session I finished the 10 drawers. Now it is time start on the door. In this session, I:
1. Veneered the door panel
2. Cut the rails and styles for the door
3. Used loose mortise and tenon joinery for doors
4. Cut the tombstone arch
5. Assemble door
6. Cut mortise for hinges
I started with the main body done.
Session ended with a completed door.
First step was to create the veneered door panel. I used 1/4” maple ply with amboyna burl on the front and mahogany on the back.
I love amboyna burl and I had some left over from a prior project. The only thing I will say about using this is that the dust is harsh and can cause a rash. I use gloves, a mask and a lot of dust collection when sanding it.
First step is to spread glue on the panel.
I use a 6” roller to get an even glue coverage.
I use wax paper to keep assembly from sticking to cauls
And then I clamp it. Note that this is half way thru the clamping process. I added another 6 clamps.
Once the glue dried, I cut to size on the table saw.
With the panel done, it was then time to start the door frame.
Using the actual measurements from the case, I cut the door frame to leave an 1/8” gap around the outside (so width – 1/8” and height – 2×1/8”)
I used a 1/4” bit to cut the panel groove (normally I would use the 7/32” plywood bit but with the two veneered sides, the 1/4” bit provides a tight fit).
I then set up my Mortise Pal to make the loose tenon joinery for door.
Using a 1/4” spiral upcut bit, I plunge the router in several time to remove most of the waste and then run it back and forth clean up the sides.
I make loose tenons from left over 1/4” poplar stock.
Now it is time to cut the tombstone style arch. I use a bandsaw jig to make a pattern and for rough cutting and then a router and pattern bit to get the final result.
First I get a pattern piece that is identically in width to the top rail of the door frame.
Using my bandsaw circle jig, I can make a cut to define the inside radius of the curve.
Which leaves me with a pattern.
I use the pattern to mark the curve on the work piece, which then I cut to within 1/16” of the line on the bandsaw.
I then attach the pattern to the workpiece with double sided tap and route to final shape.
I use a 1/4” slot cutter with a bearing to get the groove in the top rail.
And I am ready to dry assemble the panel.
I use the bandsaw to cut the top arch in the door panel. Since this part is buried about a 1/2” into the rail, I cut by hand as no one will see it.
Then I glue up.
Once the door is ready, I cut the mortises for the hinges
I mark the start point of the hinge (I also use the hinge a distance guide to get a consistent start point for both sides)
And lay out the hinge using a marking knife
If you have not watched the Paul Sellers Working Wood DVDs, I recommend picking them up. He will teach you to make clean consistent mortises with chisel. Very satisfying.
Make a knife wall
Mark out your section
Clean it out and your hinge fits perfectly
This has been a good weekend worth of work. Next steps … finishing and hardware.
-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn