Although, from a design perspective, I wanted to use cherry for a vertical components and maple for all horizontal components, I just couldn’t resist making my end cap out of cherry.
A comment about glue ups. In my limited experience there is a difference in a glue up when using machined surfaces and hand plane surfaces. On the machined surface there usually remains a line. It is a small line but still a line. The only glue ups that I have done the joint completely disappears are the ones that I have gone over with a #7 and sometimes a smoother.
Look at this glue up a 8/4 cherry for the end cap. That one line is a natural mark in the wood. This just amazes me. I know simple minds.
Nevertheless, I cut it to length. “Snuck” up on the thickness with a #5 and #7. I then marked the tenon onto the end cap and routed out the cavity - leaving the lines. I then trimmed the tenon down with a block plane until a nice fit.
Then using a supplied template I drilled out the holes for the various screws. Some how, which I can’t figure out, one of the screw’s washers wouldn’t fit so had file one side.
Thanks for looking. I hope to be done in 11 months.
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