Ok, frame is almost done
Maybe some tweaking left. Needed to find out what size to finish cut the raised panel to. Around 11-1/4 by 13 or so. Got out the “Speed Square” and laid out a few lines. Running the circular saw a different direction this time, with most of the weight on the non waste side
Set the saw to almost cut through the panel, and NOT the benchtop. Next, maybe make some beveled edges? A Millers Fall #14 Jack plane for the work. I marked out about 1” in from the edge of the panel. Doesn’t HAVE to be exactly 1”. I am planing to when the line goes away. I start on the end grain ends first
Until there is about 1/2” thick edge left. Still won’t fit into the grooves, though. That comes in a bit. The long grain sides are also beveled down, until there is a nice diagonal line at the corners
Now, I needed a rebate around the inside of the panel. Flip the panel onto it’s face, and clamp to a stop in the jig. Set up a Wards #78 Rebate plane
Maybe an 1/8” deep, by 1/2” or so wide. I start by dragging the plane back towards me. This lets the spur dig in first. I work on the end grain sides first, as there is a bit of tearout.
The rotate and do the long grain sides.
I go until the depth stop is rubbing on the surface. I also check to make sure the corners match up.
A Test Fit
A bit of fine tuning, add some Elmers, and get out the real clamps. Panel is now all clamped up, awaiting the glue to cure. Will let it go for awhile. Breaktime anyway. Bench is covered with the glue up stuff, so will have to await it’s “departure” from the bench. THEN I can build the other end…..
Stay tuned, I might just find a Tool Chest in all of this…yet.
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