I finally got around to working on the console again and I’m now jumping in with the inlays and edge banding the top to cover my biscuit mistake. I cut some strips of walnut and purpleheart to about 7/8” wide and 3/8” thick that would get sanded down to 1/4”. Since I don’t have a thickness sander, I tried out a jig I saw in an old FWW magazine to use a drum sander on the drill press to accomplish the same task on thin strips.
The jig is simply a fixed board on the work surface connected to a pivoting fence via a turnbuckle opposite the pivot point. Worked like a charm! Took a little bit of technique to get good clean results and next time I would make the pivoting fence a lot longer, but I achieved my goal nonetheless.
With the strips sized, I could glue up the walnut and purpleheart that will make up the edge banding around the curve in the front of the top. I thought about just gluing the two directly to the top in one shot, but I thought this approach might help ease any strain on the glue joint with the edge of the top.
With that glued up, I started routing out a groove in the end brackets to accept a 1/4” purpleheart inlay. Norm routed just a round bottom groove on his, but I thought adding a little purpleheart inlay here might make my edge banding seem more intentional, rather than as a band-aid.
I used the straight edge guide for most of the grooves, but used the wooden stick guide that’s on the router in the previous pic to rout the curves.
I cleaned up and squared the corners of the grooves and cut the narrow bottom groove with some chisels. All that’s left is to add the purpleheart.
I had to leave the progress as it was in the last pic, but hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a little more to show. I was originally hoping to just bend one of the purpleheart strips into the curve, but after I refreshed my memory with the tightness of the curve, I know that won’t be possible. I will have to cut some curved strips and hope I can shape them accurately. That will hopefully be my next installment along with edging the top.