With the sides all nice and coplanar, time to mill a rabbet for a bottom. Set up a router with a 3/8” rabbetting bit, and ran it around the edges. Squared the corners with a chisel. Now, I get told there is to be a divider in this desk. Hunt around for a piece of scrap wood to make the divider. I also needed a dado for it to be installed.
So, I laid one out, about three inches from the front. handsawn, and then chiseled to remove the waste
And repeat for the other side. Decided to cut a rabbet on each end of the divider.
Just saw a line, and chisel to get things cleaned up. Test fit
to mark out how much wood to remove, and the angle it needed to be, to match the sides. I had to keep the divider up so I could install the plywood bottom. After a bit of plane work, divider now is glued in place. Cut the bottom to size. Apply some glue and brads to install the 1/4” thick bottom.
Installed the back part of the lid, using screws, a bit of glue along the back edge only, and then plug all the screw holes. Next up, I had a couple hinges to install. mark their locations, use a chisel to cut the mortises for the hinges. Used a drywall screw as a pilot hole maker. Couldn’t find my Vix Bit. Installed the two hinges, and set things up for the next item on the list
Laid out for a pencil groove. I used a 3/8’ drill bit to start the groove. The plane i used is a 3/8” cove cutter. I needed a fence for it to guide on. The only thing now around the shop was a chunk of walnut.
Once the plane had “bottomed out” i used a rolled up piece of an old sanding belt, to smooth out the plane marks.
So, with everything installed, almost ready for the BLO/Poly finish?
The outside of the desk, and
the inside. Making a little progress???
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