Bisecting An

  1. Draw an arc, full size, enabling actual staves to be positioned on the template for accuracy, taking off more or less as required.
  2. Divide into equal segments.
  3. Bisect one of these divisions AC.
  4. Draw a tangent to AB.
  5. Take largest resultant angle to set planer fence - 93° Being part of a circle, all the staves will be at this angle.

errors, and in this particular job there are no allowances - so to save wasting time, effort, and materials, each door is glued-up in one operation, which is a little tricky - although, with the aid of an 18mm (%in) plywood former, both top and bottom creating a sandwich, slow-setting glue such as Cascamite, space to work, and plenty of clamps, it's easy!

The same formers were used for both doors thereby ensuring uniformity.

When I was in the process of making this piece, the coves unfortunately suffered a degree of splintering from the moulder cutters, and had a slight variance in the depth of cut - this was remedied by a scraper, shaped to fit, and a couple of hours hard work - oh for an apprentice! The result was a beautiful smooth surface from the hard sycamore.

tHinge side of I door stile cherry handle

30° angle

Middle meeting stile "

Cherry veneer glued to the face of each stave tHinge side of I door stile

30° angle

Middle meeting stile "

Cherry veneer glued to the face of each stave cherry handle


7 dovetails @ 37mm »''' pins @ 3 mm t * I I IT"

Fitting doors

Fitting the doors to the carcass presented a slight problem, solved by the gradual evolution of the door stiles as illustrated. The central section was arrived at similarly, which also has the advantage of covering any movement that inevitably will occur.

Plinth and drawer

The curved section of the plinth and drawer front are of similar construction - 3mm (%in) sawn veneer, glued round a plywood former. This method needs some care in cutting the dovetails.

The plinth is attached to the carcass with corner blocks and screws, through slots to allow movement. A central drawer is added - but, with hindsight, I would have used thinner bearer rails.


All surfaces, particularly the coves, are sanded through the range of grits ending with 400, given a coat of sanding sealer, which is then finished with white polish, keeping it as white as possible. ■

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