Side Section View

If you're making multiple sets of bookends, you may want to make a cardboard template for tracing the curved profile on the moldings.

Molding & Veneer

Now that the body and base are built, you're ready to add the molding and the veneer to the top. As you can see in Fig. 6, the molding starts out as three large pieces. They're mitered and glued to the body, and the whole assembly is cut to shape.

The veneer covers the joint lines and MDF. And it's actually one of the easier parts of the bookends. The grain is oriented so the veneer lays down nicely. And the trimming can be done with a sanding block.

MOLDING BLANKS. The first thing to do is cut 1/2,l-thick blanks for the molding, as shown in Fig. 6. The curved molding (C) and straight molding (D) are oversized in both length and width. (Note that the curved pieces are 41/211 wide to start out. The straight piece is 4V4" wide.)

CREATE CURVES. The next thing to do is lay out the curve on one of the curved molding blanks. To help with this, the pattern on the next page can be photocopied at 100% and cut out. But if you plan to build more than one set of bookends, you may want to make a more durable posterboard template, as you can see in the photo in the left margin.

With one of the pieces laid out, I taped the two curved molding blanks together, using carpet tape, as in Fig. 7. This way, their profiles would end up exactly the same. Cutting the curves was a quick job with the band saw. Just stay to the waste side of the lay out line. Then the saw marks can be removed and the profile fine-tuned by doing a little sanding. (I used a drum sander.)

ROUT PROFILE. Now the curves you just cut will get a routed profile, using the same bit that was used on the base. But as you can see in Fig. 8, this time the pieces have to lay flat on the table so you can use the bearing on the bit to guide the curved edges. And to make sure the bearing

NOTE: Curved molding blanks start out 4V2" x 4Vi, straight blank is 4]A" x 5"

had something to ride against, I left the pieces taped together (Fig. 8a).

The straight molding also gets this same profile. This time, though, I used my router table fence to guide the piece across the bit.

Once the profiles are routed, you can miter the molding pieces so

Miter curved pieces first

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