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Arts and Crafts Library Desk #3: Inside Corbels

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-10-2013 06:54 PM 1334 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is where we left things last time…

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The desk is quite strong, however it looks pretty plain at this stage. The next step is to add 8 inside corbels, so I made a template routing jig. I like to use toggle clamps, because they double as handles when routing. Carpet tape also works, but for workpieces this small I prefer toggle clamps to keep my hands clear of the bit.

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After cutting the rough shape at the bandsaw, I trim the corbels to size at the router table. Notice how the jig is a little longer than the corbel. This keeps the router bit away from the end grain and makes a safer, cleaner cut.

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In no time, I had flush-trimmed the 8 corbels.

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The corbels are attached with biscuits, and are centered on the legs. I made a simple offset jig to center the biscuit joiner on the legs.

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The offset jig is positioned against the leg, and registers the top rail.

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The offset jig is clamped in place.

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Now the biscuits will be cut in the same plane, and in the correct position.

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I cut three biscuits per corbel. My only regret was the biscuit joiner was too big to cut a slot in the top of the corbel. I would have had to cut the slot prior to assembling the desk, but that would make alignment too fussy. If I was worried about strength I could add a dowel or plugged screw at the top of the corbel.

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Corbel installed.

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



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#1 posted 12-10-2013 08:37 PM

Nice!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 08:39 PM

oooohhhh. Never would have thought of the offset jig. Thanks Willie

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 01:05 AM

One more thing I have learned. Thank you!

-- Art

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 01:18 AM

Hi:
I liked the style of the desk from the start. I like how you located the corbels and how you are attaching them. Very great idea and thank you for sharing. I will use them when I build a Craftsman Style Chest of Drawers.

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 03:37 AM

Nice looking accents. Great way to cut the biscuits.

BJ

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 06:16 AM

nice work man. Love the curves. I need to learn how to better use my router. A good router table would help me, I’m sure.

-- Harold

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 04:41 AM

I just came back to revisit this and just noticed (blind as I am) the great work you did attaching the Corbels. Well done.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 04:31 PM

Thanks Harold.

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

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