So I wasn’t too happy with the look of the front stays on this gate. And I had also made another router mistake when cutting the rabbet. What to do? What to do? Seems like I’m always messing things up. Well time for a design enhancement. I had the idea when doing the first gate that a molding that framed the panel might look good. Seems like a good time to try it out.
Since I had also received my new, longer, circle cutting bar for my Milescraft cirlce jig, now seemed like a good time to put it to use. Seems like I’m getting pretty good at setting up for arch cuts. Good is maybe to bold, experienced might be a better word.
Here I’m cutting the arch for the top of the molding. The final pieces are about 3/16” thick. I wanted to be able to connect the parts before glueing/nailing them to the door and I remembered a video from Charles Neil where he used a forstner bit and dowels to support the corners of a picture frame. Why won’t it work here?
Turns out it worked just fine. The molding was strong enough to position on the door. BTW, you can also see how the patina has aged. I hung the door this morning and it looks great. Pictures will have to wait for the next blog.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com