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Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard #3: Dados and Carcase Assembly

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 408 days ago 1905 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Pattern Routing Curves, Mortiser Mod, Side Panel Glueup Part 3 of Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard series Part 4: Central splat, Drawers, and Doors »

This is my arts and crafts style entertainment center, which is reminiscent of a Stickley sideboard.

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Gluing up the top panel. Here I am gluing up two pairs of boards, while leaving the middle joint dry. This allows me to plane the two planks to uniform thickness before gluing them together to make the top.

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Next I cut the dados that will receive the shelf members.


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I needed to edge the plywood mid-shelf, so I cut the biscuit slots to prepare the joint. I chose a 3-1/2” wide board to edge the shelf because it will later receive the front splat detail. I always prefer to mortise into solid wood rather than plywood whenever possible.

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Now I was ready to cut dados in the shelves to receive the vertical dividers. Interestingly, this piece of plywood is actually a full 3/4” thick so I cut the dados with a straight bit.

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I use two Emmerson straightedge clamps to guide the router. One of the guides has a hardwood strip that shows where the dado will be.

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Everything was fine until I saw this. Even with a sharp bit and two shallow passes, the bit was hot enough to light an ember. Air moving from the router fanned the flame, which smoldered for quite some time. My main concern was that an ember had been sucked into the shop vac, so I emptied it into a garbage can and took the can outside.

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Test fitting a scrap reveals a good friction fit.

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Now the top web frame needed to be notched. I did this at the bandsaw with a roller support.

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I set up a stop block so all the notches would be the same size. I cut off this small corner piece with a dovetail saw. If the cut is a little too deep, it will be hidden by the dado.

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The carcase is dry assembled to check the fit.

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A piece of scrap holds the web frame and mid shelf at the correct spacing until the central splat is installed.

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The central splat adds some detail, and visually breaks up the long narrow space.

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For edge banding the vertical dividers, I chose tongue and groove.

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This will keep the edgebanding from sliding around during glueup.

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The bottom shelf will be biscuited to the front rail. I assemble my cases this way because I don’t want to see the bottom shelf from the exterior of the case.

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The back of the case is rabbeted to receive the 1/2” back panel.

Next up will be the central splat, drawer dividers, and carcase glueup.

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



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sb194

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#1 posted 408 days ago

Looking good. Can’t wait to see it finished.

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b2rtch

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#2 posted 5 days ago

Wonderful work and thank you for the tutorial

-- Bert

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