Plinth

1 Prepare enough stock for the front and two sides of the plinth and use a router to cut the decorative shape on the top edge. Cut it into three pieces and make the mitre joints on the two front corners. Cut the back to size and make a rebate in the top edge to house the back panel. The joint between the back and the two sides is a simple butt joint.

2 The ornamental shaping on the front and the sides is an opportunity for a little creativity, but you can use the exact shaping shown if you would like to. To do this, you will need to make a card pattern by squaring up from Fig 11.6. Cut these shapes out and use them as templates to draw the shapes on to the plinth components, then cut them out with a coping saw (see Fig 11.7).

Note that the size of the shape shown in Fig 11.6 refers to the size of the back of the pieces and does not make allowances for the

FIG 11.6

Plinth construction and template for front and sides.

Corner brace

The sizes given are for the backs of the pieces of wood that make up the plinth. The fronts of the pieces are longer because of the mitre.

Corner brace

The sizes given are for the backs of the pieces of wood that make up the plinth. The fronts of the pieces are longer because of the mitre.

FIG 11.7

Cutting the ornamental shaping for the plinth with a coping saw.

FIG 11.8

Fitting the carcass into the plinth.

FIG 11.7

Cutting the ornamental shaping for the plinth with a coping saw.

FIG 11.8

Fitting the carcass into the plinth.

2 On the underside, mark and cut the two grooves that house the top edges of the sides of the carcass. The depth of these grooves is such that the top cross rails of the carcass will rest against the underside of the top when the sides are fully installed in the grooves.

3 Cut slots in the top battens of the carcass so that the top can be fixed with screws fitted with washers. The slots will allow for any movement of the top caused by changes in temperature or humidity. The top is not glued.

4 Prepare the facing strips and glue them on to the fronts of the frames. Cut rebates in the back and the front rail of the lower frame to house the floor of the cupboard (see Fig 11.4). Cut the tongue and groove cladding boards for the floor of the cupboard to size and glue them into place.

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