Making the wood buttons

If you are using wood buttons to install the top on the pie safe, you will need to make enough buttons to space them every 6 inches along the ends and edges of the panel. You can mass-produce the buttons from a single board of a thickness equal to the gap between the top edge of the top frame rails and the grooves you cut in the rails (page 93), less Ke inch. Cut a %-inch rabbet at each end of the board, then rip it into 1-inch-wide strips and cut off the buttons about VA inches from the ends (inset). To make screw holes in the buttons, install a 3Xe-inch bit in your drill press and fashion a corner jig from %-inch plywood and L-shaped support brackets. Clamp the jig to the machine table and steady the buttons with a push stick. Drill through the center of the unrabbeted portion of each button (left).

Wood Working 101

Wood Working 101

Have you ever wanted to begin woodworking at home? Woodworking can be a fun, yet dangerous experience if not performed properly. In The Art of Woodworking Beginners Guide, we will show you how to choose everything from saws to hand tools and how to use them properly to avoid ending up in the ER.

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