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Blog series by Chris McDowell updated 07-23-2013 12:45 AM 4 parts 12775 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Starting off, mortises, tenons, a curve, some glue, and clamps

06-29-2013 02:39 PM by Chris McDowell | 11 comments »

I was initially going to post all of my progress when I posted the final project, but there were too many pictures and the project page would’ve been way too long, so I decided to do a blog series instead in order to track my progress. So I’ve been building little small projects and shop stuff out of scrap wood and I decided I wanted to build something nicer. Plus, I’ve been woodworking for a year now and wanted something to challenge and develop my skills. I love cr...

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Part 2: crack repair and cutting a cove on the table saw

06-30-2013 07:58 PM by Chris McDowell | 1 comment »

At the end of the last post in this series I was beginning to try to repair a crack, or gap, that was between the upper left tenon shoulder of the bottom rail and the left stile. I had super glued a small sliver of wood into the crack, which worked OK, actually. It doesn’t look awesome, but it looks way better than it did with a large black void there. I figure that once I stain and finish, it won’t be so obvious. It’s only really obvious when you get up close. But th...

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Part 3: Making the corbels & screwing up the cove molding

07-08-2013 12:29 AM by Chris McDowell | 3 comments »

I had a major screw up in this segment and was so aggravated that I almost scrapped the whole project and started over. But that would’ve cost another $21 bucks for wood, so I had to make it work, which I did, and I’m not overly happy about the way it turned out, but it’ll have to suffice. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. After I finished all the cuts on the cove molding I sanded it to get rid of burn marks. Then I started on the corbels. The first ...

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Part 4: Inner Frame

07-23-2013 12:45 AM by Chris McDowell | 5 comments »

All I have left as far as construction goes is the inner frame and muntins. The inner frame will actually hold the mirror in. I began by cutting all the pieces to size. The joinery for the inner frame is a bunch of half lap joints, which I cut on the table saw using the sled and a stop block. Then I glued the frame together in a couple of different steps. The first step was gluing the muntins to the top rails. I put it together inside the mirror frame to keep things square...

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