Plinth

1 Cut a length of pine to width for the front and two sides. Along the top edge, work an ornamental moulding with a router, using the combined cuts from a straight and core-box bit. Cut the wood into three pieces for the front and two sides. Make the templates for the decorative cutouts by squaring up the shapes from Fig 12.10 on to a piece of card and then cutting out the profile. You need only produce a template for one half of each shape: draw one side on to the wood by tracing around the template, then turn it over, move it to its new position and trace out the second half. Cut out the shapes with a coping saw and smooth with a spokeshave and a half-round file (see Fig 12.11).

2 The corners of the plinth are all butt joints reinforced with blocks; at the front they are mitred and at the back they are square-ended butts. Mark and cut the mitres at both ends of the front section and at the front edge of the two side sections. The back of the plinth is a- simple unadorned rectangular shape with a rebate to house the back (see Fig 12.9).

3 Cut out the four corner blocks and drill holes in them for the screws. These blocks will reinforce the butt joints on the corners and also support the base of the carcass. Fix them into place with screws and glue. Fit the carcass into the plinth and secure with screws.

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