Arts and Crafts Dresser #2: Side panels and legs

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-13-2019 10:48 PM 478 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I milled up the stock for the legs and panels:

Dry fit to test fit and get the final dimensions for the panel:

Picked out some amazing grain wood for the panels, milled then book-matched two panels. I had planned on saving this wood for drawers, but I “think” I have enough:

Trimmed the panels to width and test fit to mark the arch:

Cut the mortises in the legs to take the cross stretcher:

Glued up the panels and aggressively smoothed them. Center panel was also gone over as it is hard to get to once glued up:

Cut the double taper on the legs then glued them up. When dry I did the same smoothing with a card scraper and sand paper:

In each of the “scraping” and “sanding” images, my standard practice is I hit the part once lightly with 220 to reveal issues, then work it with a sharp scraper until smooth, then a final light pass with 220.

Some general theory:

The panel is set to the full back depth of the legs so the dovetail cut for the draw webs can rest in the stiles and the legs. Also, for the same reason the floating panel is pushed fully forward in the rail and stile stock with just less then the standard 1/4” reveal. This will give me as much depth as I can get in the stiles for the dovetail cutout.

Next up are the dovetails on the back of the panel for the drawer webs then machining lumber for webs and drawers.

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#1 posted 01-13-2019 10:56 PM

Omitted that the cut-offs from the leg tapper are used as cauls for the leg to panel glue-up:

Also neglected the arch. Made a templet out of 1/4” plywood using standard layout methods:

Marked the rail for the arch, rough cut on the bandsaw and finish trimmed with the router, using the templet:

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#2 posted 01-13-2019 11:02 PM

That’s some good looking QSWO. I’d say you’ve been busy this weekend. Keep us posted

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 01-13-2019 11:14 PM

That s some good looking QSWO.

Yes it is. Locally harvested about a fifteen years ago.

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 12:07 AM

Very impressive and great job, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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