Making a valet #2: Shaping and fitting the base

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Blog entry by Chelios posted 04-22-2012 03:45 AM 1718 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The mortises were done so the next step was to shape the base. I cut the outline of the curves first with a saw then shaped with the spokeshave. It is so nice on endgraing when it is sharp. The end result is very smooth and the shavings chocolate shavings from a cake. It feels great when it is properly set up, it makes quick work of the curves, even on end grain

Then I cleaned the parts a bit with the number 6. Does a great job.

Next I cut the notches for the 2 cross rails, whoch I will join half lap. I like this type of joinery because it breaks up the routine M&T. I cut the notches with a saw and then chiseled out the waste. I then used the router plane to make the bottom dead flat.

Then I shaped the cross rails with the spokeshave.

Final fit of the half lap was done just by planing the ends off to a fit. So here is the base so far. I will continue to shape these parts to taste until I am ready to assemble.

Here is the first shot of the rails

Here is the rough shape and initial fit – Thanks for looking!

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 03:55 AM

Thanks for posting this. I am enjoying the process.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 04:46 AM

thanks for leting me tag along, as you work.

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