note: FOR ARCHED TOP USE RUE ARM INSTEAD OF FENCE; SEE BOX BELOW
Ueing a Rub Arm for Raided Fanels
Cutting profiles on arched raised panels is usually done with shaper cutters or expensive router bits.These bits have bearings that follow the shape of the arch.
However, on the armoire I tried a less expensive bit that doesn't have a bearing. For the straight sections of the panels, I used the router table fence.
But for the arched top edge I added a rub arm positioned over the top of the bits (Fig. 1).
To rout the beveled edge, draw a reference line on top of the rub arm. Then, to maintain a consistent width on the profile, move the workpiece so the edge is perpendicular to that line (Fig. 2).
Now the doors can be assembled. Glue up the mortise and spline joints, but don't put any glue on the panels or in the slots. The panel needs to be able to expand and contract within the frame. (See the Technique section about "Floating Panels" on the next page.)
roundover ANI rabbet.There are two more steps on the doors. First, round over the front edges with an Vs" roundoverbit (Stepl in Fig.36a).
Then, to allow a tongue on the door to lie over the frame, rout a 3/s" rabbet around the back edges (Step2).
MOUNT DOORS. Now the doors can be mounted on the cabinet using offset hinges screwed to the outside stiles. (Figs. 37 and 88). First position hinges 4%" from the top and bottom cf each cf the doors. Then mount a third hinge centeredon each outsidestile.
MOUNT KH06S & CATCHES. Next, screw the knobs and decorative backplates to the inside door stiles (Fig. 38). (Also refer to the Exploded View on page 107.)
Finally, mount the adjustable ball catches behind the doors on the side of the divider cap (I). Then position the matchingstrikeson the back cf the door.
The last step in building the armoire is to make the shelves.
cut to size. To determine the size cf the shelves (W), measure the inside of the case. But to allow for edging on the front cf the plywood shelves, . cut the shelves V/ less in width than the depth cf try case (Fig. 39). Then cut them to length Vs" less than the distance between the divider and the cabinet side.
EDGING. After cutting the shelves to size, the next step is to add the edging OQ . First, rout a tongue on the front cf each shelf (Fig. 39).
Now cut the P'-wide shelf edging (X) from W-thick stock. Next cut grooves offcenter on each strip to fit over the tongues on the shelves (Fig. 39a). And then glue the edging in place.
The shelvessit on W shelf supports mounted in the holes in the aisnet.
clothes rod. If you want to use the armoire to hang clothes, you will have to add a rod (Y) (Fig. 40). /supported the rod with two rod supports (Z). Each suDDort is held in plac« with two W dowels (hat fit into the shelf support holes.
Cut the supports from 3/i"-thick stock and drill 1" holes, only '/z" deep centered on each piece. Then rout an
"escape "area for the rod to be removed above one cf the holes (Fig. 40a).
New drill holes and mmtit W dowel pins on the back side cf each support to align with the holes in tbs cabinet. Finally, cut a P'-dia. dowel so it wedges between the supports (Fig. 40). m
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