Where are we? Oh, yeah. There’s a top skirt (not glued):
And the frame part of the frame and panel:
With the idea (stupid, perhaps) to use the old, original bottom boards for the panel.
Jointed, with biscuits to glue, and work can go on.
A problem becomes apparent when clean-up begins. A crack (or craic), that is more like a split, but not good in either sense.
With the intervention of my LJ pals, I chose the right path and split the board, then glued up the piece to address the flaw.
With the panel glued up and cleaned up, now is the time to cut grooves on the edges of the floating panel so it could go in the frame assembly. For that I used my shaper. Because the floating panel had a little bit of a bow to it, I put a shim across the top of the shaper to keep the panel pressed to the shaper top as it travelled through the cut.
I waxed the bottom that shim, btw, so material would slide easily throgh the cut. Here’s a picture of a piece of scrap that I ran through as a fit check:
If it looks like the groove doesn’t quite fit it’s probably because it doesn’t. The material for the floating panel is a little bit thinner than it probably should be with all the work it needed, but I think it will fit in there fine. I’ll add molding on the inside of the chest before it’s all said and done, for additional strength, even thogh I don’t think it’s needed.
I ran the panel through the shaper with the grain on both sides and then on one piece of end grain. Then I did a fit check within the glued up three sided frame.
Strike a line across the top and I’m ready to cut the fourth side of the panel.
Again through the magic of the inter-web there were lots of trim cuts needed to get the fourth side in there but finally I got it together. Here’s the completed assembled frame and panel glued up, clamped up, ready to go.
Then I decided to do something else. The panel had to fit into the lid skirt assy, and I haven’t seen this anywhere, but I wanted to put a very shallow rabbet around the inside of lid skirt for this framed panel to set into. Stopped rabbets… they’re are no fun… I used the shaper with the jointer cutter, then dressed them up with the #278 withmixed results (I haven’t worked the iron, and the stopped ends limited it’s effective range). Here are some pictures marking the areas to be cut, running material through the shaper, and the chiseled ends of the stopped rabbits.
In this case no good idea went unpunished. By adding the rabbets, my framed panel assembly was now not wide enough. A shim had to be added.
With that aggravating detail out-of-the-way, I was able to take the completed panel out of it’s clamp-laden environ and actually have some fun. I used the shiny #62 to clean and dress the inside of the panel so it would set flat in the skirt rabbets. The low angle on the #62 made it an excellent choice for this job; cross grain, with grain, didn’t matter… it performed wonderfully. Love it, even though it’s shiny. This type of specialty use makes it worth having, and I’m sure I’ll discover more.
The next step was to glue the lid skirt. I glued and clamped those pieces in place, on top of the chest, so if it wasn’t square at least I’d have a match. Once the lid skirt / surround was dry, I traced the line of the skirt against the completed framing panel assembly so it could be cut and fit.
With block plane, #8 jointer plane, and #62 low angle jack I was able to get the panel to fit. And does it fit? You be the judge.
So we’ll finish this installment with a parting shot of the chest as it sits today. The bottom skirt still is not in place permanently, there is smoothing to be done on the lid assembly, and chamfering / other cleanup needs to be taken care of, but we are starting to see the finish line on the exterior of this chest refurb. ‘Til next time, as always, thanks for looking!
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