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Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #4: Template Routing and Frame & Panel Glueup

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 608 days ago 2173 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If I have more that 2 parts to shape, I will make a template out of mdf. I prefer a nice solid jig made from 3/4” mdf with toggle clamps, however since I only had 4 lower side rails to make I kept it simple. After rough cutting the curve at the bandsaw, I used a 1/4” thick template carpet-taped to my workpiece. A pattern bit mounted in the router table makes quick work of cutting the gentle curves. I try to rout “downhill” on curved pieces. In other words, I start at the center of the workpiece and move towards the end. This means one pass is a climb cut, however I am only removing 1/16” of material so it works fine.

Arches complete.

I set up my sanding station, and sanded all the parts for the side panel assemblies. My planer leaves a smooth finish, so I start with 120 grit, and finish with 150 grit. I have found that sanding with finer than 150 grit does not improve the finished product.

Test fitting the frame and panel side assemblies.

I labeled the solid wood panels as I cut them to size for the upper and lower sections. This way the grain pattern continues through the middle rail.

At this point I need to decide whether or not to pre-finish the components before assembly. I rarely pre-finish individual wood pieces, but it is often helpful to pre-finish certain sub-assemblies. Getting the spray gun between the drawer dividers can be a real challenge, so I am leaning toward pre-finishing on this project.
Next up will be sizing the back panels from 1/2” plywood, and dry assembling the front lower rail. Then work can begin on the internal webbing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 608 days ago

Well done

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RonInOhio

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#2 posted 607 days ago

That wood is really nice. Love the contrast. The joinery looks excellent also.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 607 days ago

The contrast is not intentional. I just pre-stained the panels, and will stain the rest soon.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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jeffbranch

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#4 posted 607 days ago

Your project is coming along nicely. I am about to build a router table and was interested in your fence design. Do you use the track on the fence often?

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#5 posted 607 days ago

Looking great. As always, I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Sean

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 606 days ago

Jeff,
The track in the fence is useful to mount safety bit covers, or featherboards. The funny thing is, they get in your way while pushing a workpiece across the bit.
I usually feel safest using a jointer paddle in my leading hand, and a pushstick in my trailing hand.
So no, I don’t use the track very often.
The split fence design on the other hand, I use all the time.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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