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My Shakashima Media Cabinet Part 5

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As I continued to scratch my head over how to cut the cove on the top rails, I remembered reading about cutting coves on the table saw in Wood Magazine, by running material across the blade at an angle. The challenge then turned to essentially cutting a half cove. Because I wanted the base of the top rail to sit flush with the inset door fronts and the top rail to "cove outward" similarly to the profile of the leg flare, I had to come up with a way to support the base of the rail while the table saw blade took out material. I notched out material that would eventually become the flat part of the cove and then built a jig that would support it while the top of the rail road on the table saw behind the blade. Raised the blade up through the jig, and viola!

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Once I had the cove roughed out, I smoothed it with a hand plane and sand paper. Then it was on to cutting the tenons.

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With the tenons cut, I made the mortises in the legs with a 1/2 inch router bit. My mistake was not cutting the groves for my panels at this point. I didn't realize that it would have been a great time to do that, and would have saved me at least 2 or 3 disassemblies. Instead, I dry fitted the legs to the top and bottom rails moved on to building panels.

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  1. Prashun Patel's Avatar
    Really beautiful.
  2. Ben Arnott's Avatar
    Thanks Prashun!