Moldings And Case

Molding frames are the best way to attach moldings across the grain of the case sides and the top.

Elongated screw holes along the sides and back edge of the molding frame allow the top to move seasonally.

Elongated holes for the screws that attach the case to the molding frame allow the case to move.

Round holes along the front edge of the case and molding frame keep all three aligned where it counts most.

The correct sequence. First, attach the molding frame to the top (above) and then to the case using the elongated holes only. Last, screw all three parts along the front edge (right).

The correct sequence. First, attach the molding frame to the top (above) and then to the case using the elongated holes only. Last, screw all three parts along the front edge (right).

Elongated screw holes are the answer. These are elongated along the bottom side only, allowing the pieces to shift against each other without coming apart.

side lip matches the dado depth. Be prepared to spend extra time on these joints, though, because there are many surfaces that must fit at the front edge, and any gaps will be obvious.

This joint uses a shallow (about 3/i6 in. deep) through-dado, with a lap dovetail at the front extending into the case side.

Start by penciling in the dovetail location on the case sides. This gives the length of the front rail. Before gluing up the frame, notch the front rail to leave the stubs for the dovetails. Now build the rest of the frame and shape the dovetails on the front stubs. This joint will show any gaps, so work carefully and test the dovetail fit as you pare. When you install the frame, aib the rear part of the dado with paraffin wax so that any glue that drags back won't keep it from floating.

Lap dovetail with hidden dado—The third frame type uses a narrower through-dado that is hidden at the front by the lap dovetail. This dovetailed frame gives the same mechanical strength as the stepped version but has a cleaner look. When used with flush drawers, it has a neat, logical appearance.

This system has another advantage over the stepped dovetail. Because the dovetail covers the dado, there are fewer surfaces that must close up. Use a standard dado size that is V16 in. or so smaller than the base of the tail, and make the dadoes about Vi in. deep.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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