I will modify the size and some of the features but on the whole it is a good start.
Of course I made a story stick with the layout. I will also use it as a template for routing the pattern.
I am going to need a lot of thin 3/16 and 3/8 cherry and poplar, so I re-sawed a bunch and stickered it so that it would be stable by the time I needed to use it.
I used a piece of pine to practice making the base and testing my template story stick. I roughed out the curves with a jig saw. Then used a flush trim bit to get them smooth. Then I used a 3/8 inch round over bit on the 1/2 stock leaving a 1/8 inch fillet.
Using the round over bit on the router table. The template is only half of the pattern. I turn it over and use it on the other side to complete the pattern.
I made the little pieces by screwing a piece of pine to be bottom as a template. Routing the edges with the round over. Then using the chop saw cut the 45 miter on each corner at 7/8. Then I ripped off the 7/8.
Chop saw for the partial 45 on the piece.
Ripped of the 7/8 inch that I needed.
I need to glue in the base so that I can route the dados for the vertical divider panels. This way I can use templates to guide the router for the top and bottom dados that are needed.
I am using my small trim router and a 3/8 inch bit 3/16 deep. You can see the guide template to my right, just a piece of 1/4 inch plywood. I'll use the same template on the top underside dado.
These are stopped dados 3/8 of an inch from the front.
Had to turn the desk upside down to route the matching dados in the underside of the top. You can see I have it clamped to the work bench so it won't tip over.
Here all of the dados are cut including the 3/16 inch side dados for the horizontal drawer dividers. They are all stopped dados.
I made this template to match the curve of the drawer fronts and horizontal dividers.
I used just two of the three curves on the bit.
It did not take much work to scratch in the beading on the edge. I did use a little sand paper to clean up the edges.
I cut them to size and slipped them into the dados. They fit nice and snug.
I marked the top and bottom edges on the front and still need to cut out the 3/8 inch notch on the top and bottom so the panels can slip forward to the correct position.That would complete the vertical dividers.
That's it for Part I of the Gallery. Next will be the horizontal dividers and drawer fronts.
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