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there's no difference to the technique here except that the panels are wider (and shorter).

ROUT EDGES. With curves on the top of the panels cut, all that's left is to shape their edges. You'll need two router bits for this. The Vi" ogee fillet bit that you used on the molding earlier and a straight bit.

OGEE FILLET. First, I routed the ogee fillet profile on all the panels. As you can see in Fig. 14,1 did this using the bearing of the bit to guide the panel. That's because you can't run the curved edges of the panels against the fence. And, you'll want to rout this profile in several light passes, sneaking up on the final height of the bit. Also, it's best to start with the ends of the panels.

RABBET. The last thing to do is rout a shallow rabbet on the back side of each panel. These '/s"-deep rabbets allow the panels to set into their frame openings, and they're all wide so there's a Vb" gap for the panels to expand freely (Fig. 16a).

This is all pretty straightforward, but the trick with these rabbets is you can't use your router fence — at least not on the curved top edges. So to get around this, I used a straight bit with a rub arm, as shown in Fig. 15 and the box below. The important thing is that the rub arm fits into the fillet (the square shoulder) that's part of the profile, as in the drawing in the box below.

FINISH PANELS & FRAME. Before the panels can be mounted to the frame, there are still a couple things to do.

First, you need to glue some more splines 0) into the grooves in the frame openings, as you can see in Fig. 16. And when drilling the shank holes for the screws, you'll want them oversized so the panels can expand and contract freely.

Second, I applied finish to both the panels and the frame. (I used the same finish that's on the blanket chest, refer to page 34.) By finishing the panels and frame separately, there won't be any unfinished edges of the frame that could get exposed as the panels shrink later on.

When finishing the panels, it's important to finish both faces. Even though the back face will be covered later (see page 14), the panels will be less likely to warp if there's a coat of finish on both faces.

INSTALL PANELS. When the finish has dried, I screwed the panels to the splines with roundhead screws, as in Fig. 16. To make it easy to position these panels from the back, I set them on V8n-thick spacers, as shown in Fig. 16b. It also helps to draw centerlines on the back of each panel and frame opening so you can line everything up easily.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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