Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #6: Joinery 90% done and a quick dry fit to get a quick look

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 05-31-2016 12:26 AM 1944 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Stock prep done and joinery started Part 6 of Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design series Part 7: Making the Blacker style leg indents and fitting the center panel dividers. »

A good day in the shop today, made a lot of progress on the joinery.

I knew I needed to cut some very long slots for the side panels where they go in the legs, so I was thinking about putting together a jig for this. But I needed to run to Woodcraft to pick up a rabbeting bit and while I was there, I saw they have the MPower CRB7 router jig on sale. I don’t know it’s the best jig out there, but it does offset mortises among other things, so I decided to give it a try.

I rigged it up on my PC690 and cut all the mortises and slots. It worked pretty well and the micro-adjust made it easy to dial in. It’s a little finicky to initially setup to get your router mounted, but once setup, I was able to basically move from leg to leg pretty rapidly. I then cleaned up the routed mortises and chopped out the inset mortise for the back rails that the shiplap panels screw to with a chisel and mallet.

After that I marked out all the cloud lifts on the front and side rails. But before moving to the cloud lifts, I went ahead and cut the tenons while the stock still had square edges. I cut the tenons using my dado stack set up for 1/4” width and cut all the tenons just a little oversize. I then cleaned up the tenons using a chisel to get a good fit.

Once the tenons were cut, I moved to the bandsaw and rough cut all the cloud lifts. Then a pass onthe spindle sander to clean things up and I’m more of less ready for finish sanding on the cloud lifts. They aren’t perfect, but the differences due to the freehand spindle sanding are not noticeable unless you put the pieces on top of teach other.

So here is a shot with all the rails cut and ready to go.

Then at that point, I decided to wrap it up for the night, but before I did, I did a quick dry fit to get a feel for the whole thing to this point.

The only thing left to do is do the joinery for the center divider for the side panels. That joinery is a little more complex and requires some careful fitting to make sure everything fits without gaps, so I’m saving that until last. I was getting sort of tired with the heat and all today, so decided to hold off starting to them until I’m fresher.

But overall, I feel I got a bunch done and it’s actually starting to look like a piece to furniture now.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 01:08 AM

Boy, you’re moving fast on this one.

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 03:49 AM

Going to look a sight when it’s done I would think.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 01:58 PM

Very nice piece! I love a good dry fit at the end of the day so I can obsess about it all night…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 12:12 AM

Looks like she’s coming along nicely!

With all those cloudlifts, I’m surprised you didn’t make templates, and then bang ‘em out with a pattern bit. Then again, making the templates and flush trimming may have taken more time more time than using the spindle sander.

Anyway, looking forward to the next installment!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 02:48 AM


Yeah, I kind of agonized over making templates. If I end up making a second one, I’ll be kicking myself, but each lift is only repeated once. so I would have made 4 patterns to cut 8 lifts. So I decided to just knock it out.

But with that being said, my buddy has the X-Carve CNC, so if I do want patterns I can can just give him the sketchup model and he can cut the patterns out of 1/4 MDF for me. On Monday, the 2 hours round trip to his house would take longer than just sanding them out, but if I need to make more I’ll probably take that route.


-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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