Fixing base trim corners on a not perfectly square base?

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01-14-2015 04:45 PM

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I’m building a frame-and-panel maple desk using curly maple for the desktop and panels, hard maple for the face frames, and curly maple for the trim elements. I made the base trim by ripping some 3” wide curly maple to about 1/4” thick, and then cutting a very slight bevel on it with the table saw (like you’d do for a raised panel) so that it tapers to just under 3/16” over about 3/4” of distance.

The problem is that although the two cabinets that make up the right and left “sides” of the desk are square enough throughout the carcases, their bases are out of square just enough that I’m finding it impossible to square up this base trim at the mitered corners. It might be easier to do with a smaller 45 degree chamfer, but with the more gradual bevel I put on the trim pieces any misalignment becomes way more exaggerated – and (given that they are curly maple) probably will get even worse after dying/finishing.

So, I’m trying to fix it and looking for ideas. My current thought is to just recut 3” wide pieces of base trim flat with no bevel, glue them around the base as butt joints, and then route a small chamfer with a handhold router around the installed base trim. I know it’ll still have end-grain butt joints instead of miters, but at least the profiles will line up perfectly, kind of like a half-ass coping job. Since the desk will be part of a 6’ tall hutch going against a wall, I think the visual impact of this detail would be negligible.

What do you think? Are there better ways of fixing this?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 04:49 PM

Oh, here are the cabinets. I trimmed the oversized parts of the stiles, and I’m installing wood blocks for feet at the corners to raise up the cabinet and give more surface for attaching the molding.

Edit: might as well show off the desktop too, since I think it turned out pretty nice for my first time ever finishing curly maple:

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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