Credenza / Entertainment Center #4: bottom panel

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Blog entry by jamsomito posted 03-28-2021 08:54 PM 340 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I couldn’t quite figure out the best way to do the bottom panel, but I eventually decided to notch the plywood panel around the legs instead of notching the legs or some other joinery method. In retrospect I should have made the bottom trim thicker to meet the inside corner of the legs – that way I could have just made a rectangle. But this seemed to work ok.

First I cut the panel to size.

I couldn’t test fit it because the corners interfered with the legs. So I had to figure out a way to notch around them. Problem is, because of the dowel joinery on the frame, every joint is unique. I couldn’t just set up a jig or run it through the table saw with a stop – not to mention running this long piece vertically would be a challenge if not dangerous.

Time to make use of some new tools :) Got this marking gauge for trying my hand at dovetails, but there have been several situations in the past where I’ve wanted one for some other miscellaneous task. Glad I finally pulled the trigger as it came in pretty handy here.

I didn’t take any pictures, but I cut this with my dovetail saw and it worked pretty well. Did a test fit – slightly too big, darn.

Luckily, ripping it down was pretty easy, and a quick adjustment of the notches on one side made for a good fit.

To simulate the fit after glue-up I added some clamps. Seems to be the perfect size all around.

In projects past I’ve cut a 3/4×3/4 strip of oak and supported the shelf underneath with it – screwed into the back of the stretcher rails and then up into the underside of the panel. I don’t think I can do that here because of the curve on the front stretcher. So, looks like this will have to be pocket-holed in. Sounds like a plan though.

Next up I figured I’d finish everything. My last project had glue squeeze-out issues with all the dowels and I didn’t want to repeat that. I took a piece of scrap and made a color test with a coat of arm-r-seal finish. Got it approved, so moved on to the next step.

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