The top of this cabinet presents a rather interesting problem. I wanted to make it fancy (with an intricate molded edge), yet I also wanted to use rather common router bits to create this edge. After trying several combinations of bits, I finally arrived at one that only requires three bits.
the molded edge. Before the routing can be done, I cut the four pieces for the top (C) to width and rough length from 5/4 (1VW thick) walnut.
Then I followed the sequence of molding cuts shown in Figure 5. The first, third and fourth cuts are all made on the router table. But for the second cut (a '/«"-deep rabbet) I switched to a table saw.
joining the top. After the molded edges were cut on these pieces, I mitered them to final length. (The length should be a total of 1 Va longer than the assembled sides and web frames.) To join this frame, I used a V»" straight bit (on the router table) to cut stopped grooves for splines. (For details, see Woodsmith No. 21.)
Next, I cut W'-wide grooves on the inside edges of each piece to hold the plywood top panel (M) in place. And finally, I cut the panel to size. This panel is mounted in the frame the same way described for the bottom panel on the previous page. Once the panel is cut, the frame can be glued and clamped together.
assembly. When it comes time to mount the top frame to the cabinet, it's simply screwed to the top web frame (screwing from the inside of the cabinet), see Fig. 8.
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